Pence Calls for Landing US Astronauts on Moon in 5 Years
29 March, 2019, 05:38
Pence also threatened to "change the organization, not the mission" if NASA is not capable of landing American astronauts to the moon within five years. Pence believes NASA has taken too slow to finish the job.
The earliest possible landing on the moon by Nasa is not until 2028, Mr Pence said, acknowledging that talent - and money - will be necessary to achieve this sooner.
Nasa had already been planning to return to the Moon, but Mr Pence's announcement accelerates the timeline. "That's not good enough".
"Urgency must be our watchword". SLS was originally intended for all the EM flights, but the administration has recently prioritized the flights themselves, even on commercial rockets, over flying them on NASA's own SLS.
At the request of President Donald Trump, the "official policy was" that the first woman and the next man on the moon by astronauts from the United States, said Vice-President Mike Pence in a speech in Huntsville in the US state of Alabama.
"There's a lot of excitement about our plans and also a lot of hard work and challenges ahead, but I know the NASA workforce and our partners are up to it", Bridenstine said. Well, at least not since the last time we set foot on the moon.
But on Tuesday, he expressed confidence that the SLS, or Space Launch System, would be ready for the job. He cautioned that the space agency needed to transform into a more efficient organization, or else it would be replaced by private industry. He mentioned the launching of the U.S. Space Force, which will become the sixth branch of the country's armed forces and will be led by Air-Force General John Raymond.
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He noted that a lunar lander still needs to be designed, built and tested.
Pence spoke at a meeting of the White House National Space Council, which he chairs, in Huntsville, AL, home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
Noting China's and Russia's recent space advancements, Pence added that the USA was now in a "space race".
Pence's speech echoed overtones of the Cold War tensions that drove NASA to achieve the original Apollo 11 moon landing on schedule 50 years ago this July. China has also revealed its plans to seize lunar strategic high ground and gain power as "the world's preeminent spacefaring nation".
The importance of US space supremacy and the threat posed by China and Russian Federation are recurring themes for Pence and other officials in the administration of President Donald Trump. All these and it feels like the intense space race in the '60s is emerging again. Estimates calculate that the Apollo missions cost $169 billion in today's dollars.
The president's proposed NASA price range contains cuts to scientific packages just like the WFIRST telescope and NASA's Workplace of STEM Engagement however does supply over $300 million in funding for creating a lunar lander.
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