NASA will miss out again on the 2020 moon flight despite an official announcement last week that the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston had successfully launched the first unmanned spacecraft to the Red Planet.
Johnson Space Center, which manages the space agency’s moon missions, issued a statement late Thursday saying it would “immediately review” the decision to send a human crew to the red planet.
The agency is expected to announce its decision next month, but officials said they didn’t know whether it would be made public at the same time as the decision.
“While we appreciate the fact that Johnson Space center has made the decision and we are very proud of that, we know we have not yet completed the mission,” the statement said.
“We will do everything we can to make that happen, but the timeline for the mission has not yet been determined.”
“We don.t know if you will be allowed to go to the Moon.
I don’t think we can even tell you that,” Johnson space center director Robert Lightfoot said at a news conference.
“We just know we’re going to miss.”
The announcement came after the head of the American Space Agency, Jim Bridenstine, said on Thursday that NASA’s Moon mission would not be able a successful, and that his agency would have to rely on private companies to try to get humans to the surface of the moon.
‘I don’t want to go back’: NASA’s Johnson-Cylinder rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 30, 2021.
NASA is still trying to find out what type of crew would make it there, but NASA officials said Thursday that the first mission to the lunar surface would not include a human.
A NASA spokesman told the Associated Press that the decision was based on an analysis of the science needed to get to the site.
The decision to go forward with the mission is “not based on whether there is human life on the moon, but how do we get there,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
I don.’t want a repeat of Apollo.
We don’t have the right technology.
NASA has to get it right.
NASA is not going to get a human mission.
I have a real problem with this.
NASA wants to be a space agency that does the moon in the most efficient way possible.
NASA’s decision to abandon the Apollo program was one of the most contentious in the history of NASA.
Some scientists and advocates argued that it was a huge step backwards for NASA, saying that it would make the United States less likely to return to the space station.
It would also be a disaster, said NASA program director Rick Mastracchio, because the agency would not have the expertise to land a crew on the lunar soil.
Biden, who has called the Apollo programs a waste of time and money, also said he was worried about the impact the mission would have on NASA’s human spaceflight program.
He said he expected NASA to announce a decision on the first crewed mission to space in early 2020.
We don�t know how long it will take.
I do think the human element will be important.
But we are not going anywhere,” he said.
NASA has launched two manned missions to the planet’s surface.
In April, NASA astronauts Dave Scott and Ryan Mastracciato flew the first manned flight of the new Space Launch System rocket, which the agency plans to use to launch its robotic lander.
The astronauts were the first to walk on the surface.
NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Randy Bresnik were the last to walk in a manned mission.
As part of its mission, NASA plans to send the Orion spacecraft to an asteroid, eventually returning to Earth.
Other missions, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, the Mars rover Curiosity and the Orion crew capsule are scheduled to begin in the coming years. ___