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Sections The Washington Post Democracy Dies in Darkness Try 1 month for $1 Sign In Thanks for reading. Try one month of unlimited access for $1. View offer × Accessibility for screenreader Post Nation NASA is going back to the moon — if it can figure out how to get there Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon in 1969, his visor reflecting the image of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the Lunar Module.
NASA is going back to the moon — somehow, someway. The White House has ordered the agency to put American boots back on the lunar surface. The major unknowns at this point include the when, how, scale of the operation and cost. Also unclear is what exactly NASA would accomplish with such a mission and how it might affect plans for a human mission to Mars. NASA put 12 astronauts on the moon between 1969 and 1972. With the death Friday of Apollo 16’s John Young, only five of those astronauts are still alive, and they range in age from 82 to 87. No human being has been beyond low Earth orbit since the end of the Apollo program.
NASA is a $19 billion agency that does far more than just launch people into space. It spends roughly $5 billion a year on science missions, including robotic exploration of Mars and other planets. But the human spaceflight program has always been the heart of the agency and the foundation of its political support in Congress. The truism on the Hill has always been “No Buck Rogers, no bucks.”
originally posted by: toysforadults
they did it real quick not to long ago I'm sure they have some telemetry data right?
After President Barack Obama arrived in the White House, a presidential committee studied NASA’s program and declared it was “on an unsustainable trajectory” due to a mismatch between ambitions and funding. Obama killed Constellation and ordered NASA to visit an asteroid, with Mars still the horizon goal.
When President Trump took office, people in the space community expected a pivot back to the moon, restoring the Bush-era goal. The administration resurrected something called the National Space Council, with Vice President Pence in charge. In October, Pence made a speech saying NASA would return to the moon. In December, President Trump made that goal the official U.S. space policy.
originally posted by: cooperton
If we didn't fake the moon landing and we actually did land on the moon, my only question is why we didn't just fake it sooner. Gotta win the pissing contest with the Russians. Much cheaper to fake it than to make it.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Allaroundyou
Screw the Moon.
Mars or bust!