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US regulator OIG doesn’t believe in a return to the moon in 2024

NASA and SpaceX’s arrival on the Moon could happen “several years” after 2024, warns the US regulator’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) according to Business Insider.

US regulator OIG doesn't believe in a return to the moon in 2024

US regulator OIG doesn’t believe in a return to the moon in 2024

The conclusion was shared after analyzing NASA’s programs, pointing out that it will still take more time than expected to complete all the necessary progress.

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“Given the time needed to develop and fully test the [landing system] and new spacesuits, we project NASA will exceed its current timetable for landing humans on the moon in late 2024 by several years,” the report said.

The OIG report noted that SpaceX still needed to test its Starship spaceship in orbit, practice refueling it in orbit so it can reach the moon, and perform an uncrewed mission and on top of this, the delivery of the astronauts’ spacesuits had been pushed back, partly because of lack of funding, OIG’s report said.

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