Nasa’s Huge LAUNCH FAIL Caused By JEFF BEZOS Just Happened
In what is a surprise to absolutely no one, NASA won’t be sending astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024. Blaming everyone but the kitchen sink for the delay, the space agency now intends to send a crew, including a woman and a person of color, to the Moon in 2025.
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NASA has provided the first major update to its Artemis program under the Biden administration, and it’s not what most would consider good news. Fortunately, we still have another major milestone to look forward to next month with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Hello guys and welcome to Lift Off, your place where you find everything space and often SpaceX. Today, we are going to talk about NASA delaying moon landing programs to 2025, putting the blame on Jeff Bezos Company, Blue Origin. Let’s not waste any second and move on with the video.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said returning to the Moon as quickly and safely as possible is an agency priority. “However, with the recent lawsuit and other factors, the first human landing under Artemis is likely no earlier than 2025,” he added.
NASA earlier this year awarded SpaceX a contract to develop a lunar lander for Artemis, the agency’s spaceflight program tasked with returning humans to the Moon. The selection didn’t sit well with rival Blue Origin, which decided to sue NASA over the decision.
Senior NASA officials on November, 9th provided an updated timeline for returning humans to the Moon under the agency’s Artemis program, and they discussed costs and other issues related to it. The biggest news came in the form of NASA’s formal acknowledgment that a human landing on the Moon in 2024 is not possible, but there were plenty of other noteworthy tidbits.
The briefing with space reporters, led by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, came five days after the US Court of Federal Claims ruled against Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA for its selection of SpaceX to build a lunar lander for the Artemis program. Previously, Nelson had promised to provide an update on the Artemis program following the lawsuit, and on Tuesday he made good on that.
He came out guns blazing at Blue Origin. “We’ve lost nearly seven months in litigation, and that likely has pushed the first human landing likely to no earlier than 2025,” Nelson said, pinning the delay in NASA’s return to the Moon firmly on Blue Origin and its lawyers. During the legal process, NASA was forbidden from working or even talking with SpaceX regarding the Human Landing System (HLS) program. The agency was also unable to provide milestone payments.
“I spoke last Friday with Gwynne Shotwell,” Nelson said, referring to the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. “This is the first contact we’ve been able to have about the HLS program, and we both underscored the importance of returning to the Moon as quickly and safely as possible.”
Later, he added, “I want to give a shoutout to our legal team.”
Artemis 2 and 3 plans
When the Trump administration created the Artemis program in spring 2019, Vice President Mike Pence set an aggressive goal of landing humans on the Moon by 2024. Technically, this never seemed like it was really possible, but NASA has never formally acknowledged this and always set 2024 as an aspirational goal.
But Nelson did acknowledge the delay, citing the Blue Origin litigation, lower-than-requested appropriations from Congress for lander development, and the infeasibility of the 2024 date at the time it was proposed as reasons for a push until at least 2025.
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