Members of the U.S. Congress are concerned that NASA space Agency still has not provided data about how much it will cost the U.S. the idea is to return man to the moon within the next five years. The corresponding document describing the expected financial costs had to be ready by mid-April, but officials at the American space Agency said that for the final review and approval will take another few weeks.
March 26, Vice-President Mike Pence during a meeting of the National space Council approached NASA with the goal to return Americans to the moon by 2024, which marked a significant change in the time for the space Agency, which planned to carry out the return of man on Earth in 2028-M. Then Penny noted that NASA has a plan that will allow to accelerate the preparation for the resumption of the lunar program, the details of which the head of the space Agency Jim Bridenstine announced just five minutes before the performance of the Pens.
However, the Pens go into these details did not, and since information about them was unknown. April 2, Breidenstein at the meeting of the Scientific Committee of the house of Representatives said that NASA is preparing amendments to the presidential budget request, which will include the approximate cost of flights to the moon and details of preparation for these missions. About whether the Agency time to prepare these documents by April 15, Breidenstein said that the Agency “really try”.
In the end, since April 15 has been more than three weeks. And the members of the Scientific Committee of the U.S. house of Representatives expressed concern at the fact that the amendments of the space Agency still has not been provided for review and approval.
“The lack of a plan does not allow our country to resume the research programme of the moon,” commented an American politician Kenda horn during yesterday’s meeting of the Committee on plans for the development of deep space aerospace Agency NASA.
“Before NASA was given a clear task to develop and prepare a plan that includes a budget and details of the project exploration of the moon, however, these data, the Congress is still not seen,” added horn.
The politician asked the Agency representatives to answer, why the relevant documents were still not ready.
“We understand that this is a very serious task that requires careful consideration and a solid plan,” took the floor Manager of NASA missions to study space, William Gerstenmaier.
“We must ensure that all collected and integrated so that it made sense,” — said the representative of NASA.
Gerstenmaier, noted that the impending amendment must still obtain the approval of the White house, which in turn can slow the process. However, he stressed that the details will be provided to Congress soon.
“We need a few more weeks. Perhaps one or two weeks on the final preparations,” he added.
The head of NASA, Breidenstein at a hearing of the Senate last week, said that the cost of a new lunar program will not exceed $ 8 billion, as mentioned in earlier reports. However politicians these words were not convinced and they demanded to disclose more precise figures that the Congress should expect to see in the query NASA.
“To this point in time, this matter is still under discussion,” — said at the same hearings mark Sirangelo, assistant administrator of NASA’s lunar program issues.
Until today the official space Agency voiced only General information about how the Agency plans to accelerate the preparation of the lunar program in order to meet the new the US government’s stated terms. It is obvious that to a greater extent, NASA plans to use the same tactics and techniques that it planned to use originally scheduled for 2028 mission to the moon. For example, is developing a new super-heavy rocket Space Launch System and spacecraft “Orion”, which will bring American astronauts on new lunar space station Gateway. In addition, the Agency will need a new manned landers that will be used for the disembarkation of people from the station to the moon’s surface and return them back.
The head of the Agency, Breidenstein noted that all these technologies will need for a quick return to the moon, so NASA will focus on faster to prepare.
“First for us is speed. We want as quickly as possible to return to the moon,” said Brandenstein meeting Space Symposium in April of this year.
Details about how the Agency intends to accelerate preparations for the resumption of flights to the moon, as well as questions about the value of this measure should be reflected in the amendment of NASA, which is not yet ready.
As it turned out, this is not the only and perhaps even not the main problem. Policy asked NASA whether the Agency suitable for lunar missions space suits that, Breidenstein said that I need to develop a new but you must first understand the tasks that will be incorporated in the framework of the first mission to the satellite.
“Based on this, we will develop suitable space suits,” said he.
Thus, even when the preparation of the plan there remains uncertainty in respect of the entire lunar program. Any queries on the amendments to the budget that will be submitted to NASA and the White house to plan for sending humans to the moon in 2024 must be approved by Congress, and its representatives have already been disappointed with such “common answers” space Agency.
“We have the Directive of the White house to send a man to the moon within five years, but there is no plan, no budget and details on how to do it, there is no convincing comprehensive roadmap for deep space exploration, which firmly sets out tasks in the most effective way to achieve a more distant goal – to land a man on Mars. In fact, we’re flying blind,” lament of American politics.