NASA: They leak a schedule of their plans for the Moon and it looks very difficult to meet
NASA aims to return to the Moon for the next few years. With the Artemis Program, it seeks to bring the first woman and the next man to our natural satellite.
But it does not look easy to fulfill in the times: a schedule of the aerospace agency was known from 2022 to 2034, with variants such as release timing and release content, and planning could be affected by reality.
Among the problems of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to inflation in the United States (this Wednesday it was known that it rose to 9.1%, the highest in 41 years) and general technical issues (for example, upgrading spacesuits), it is very difficult to follow the roadmap to the letter.
Let us remember that the Artemis I Mission was to be launched this year, with the Space Launch System rocket and the orion ship sent unmanned to lunar orbit. Subsequently, Artemis II will be carried out, carrying a group of astronauts into lunar orbit.
The Artemis III Mission will take astronauts to the Moon. It will be the most important point of this first part, but although 2025 is spoken of as the year of completion, everything seems to indicate that it will happen after that year.
“The preparation of the revised schedule strongly suggests that NASA is ready for unavoidable delays,” notes Ars Technica.
The rest of leaked schedule to which Ars Technica had access establishes regular launches year by year, until the Artemis XI Mission, with the permanent presence of a base on the surface of the Moon.
The main problems of NASA’s schedule for its missions on the Moon
There are three visible issues in the leaked schedule:
- The huge space between missions: To bridge a three-year gap, NASA is considering creating an “Artemis III.5” mission, which would delay other key programs.
- The development of a camp is postponed basis for several years, at least until 2034.
- NASA will spend the next decade focused on assembling a small station, the Lunar Gateway, in lunar orbit, instead of developing capabilities on the surface of the natural satellite.
At the time, NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton said the agency “It is moving forward with its baseline plans for the Artemis missions, beyond Artemis III. Alternative architectures are routinely evaluated as a prudent part of programmatic planning.”
Based on the timeline, NASA is considering prioritizing a regular cadence of missions or more significant payloads. In our words, quantity or quality. With the passage of time, it will be seen what the final decision of the North American aerospace agency will be.