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ASAP Worried About NASA Cutting Corners on Artemis Program to Meet 2024 Deadline

6 Oct 2020, 21:02 UTC
ASAP Worried About NASA Cutting Corners on Artemis Program to Meet 2024 Deadline
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An astronaut descends the ladder to explore the lunar surface. (Credit: NASA)

NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) met last week and reached the not-at-all surprising conclusion that NASA’s rush to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 and funding delays could get some of them killed, SpaceNews reports:

“The panel has an ongoing concern that with each continuing resolution comes directly related and significant budget challenges which, when combined with the direction to be on the moon by 2024, just increases the pressures to make engineering compromises in order to stay on schedule,” said Paul Hill, a member of the committee. “That pressure is only going to go up as launches in 2024 become closer.”He noted that the issue was not something directly in NASA’s control, but instead was a “weakness of the current federal budgeting environment” that delays decisions on federal budgets. “It creates real risk for NASA” and its exploration programs, he said.The ASAP meeting took place on the first day of fiscal year 2021, which, like most years in recent memory, started with a continuing resolution (CR). President Donald Trump signed a CR shortly after midnight Oct. 1 that maintains funding for the federal government at ...

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