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China is on track to put humans on the moon before the United States can return there, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a House panel Thursday.
If NASA continues to receive its current level of funding, it will return astronauts to the moon in 2019, Griffin told the House Science and Technology Committee. A "few billion extra" dollars would allow NASA to send crews to the moon in 2017, he said. President Bush ordered NASA to send humans back to the moon