NASA head says without $3.2 billion soon, 2024 moon landing target in jeopardy

NASA this week released an update of its Artemis moon mission plans, but NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said without Congress approving another $3.2 billion in funds for 2021, the 2024 target to land the next humans on the moon won’t be met.

The plan released on Monday outlined the plans for the first three launches of the Space Launch System and its Orion capsule, with an uncrewed Artemis I flight from Kennedy Space Center by November 2021; the crewed flight of Artemis II in 2023 that will fly to the moon, but not land; and the 2024 flight of Artemis III, which NASA said will land the “first woman and next man” on the lunar surface. Read more here.