The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continues to develop the Artemis lunar program. However, this week the agency expressed concerns about a possible lack of budget to finance the project.
What is known
The space agency still doesn’t know when it will be able to regularly send humans to the moon. Yes, the landing is planned for the end of 2025, when the Artemis III mission takes place. However, one will be the only one within the next five years, and there is a high probability that the dates will be shifted.
On the other hand, the costs of the program are constantly increasing. In particular, the Artemis budget from fiscal year 2024 to 2028 reaches $41.5 billion, according to Jim Free, NASA’s chief representative for manned space flights into deep space.
The agency proposes to allocate $ 4 billion for the construction of the Kunar Gateway station, which will be in orbit of the moon. It will be a good intermediate point in the route, but there is no need for a station for flights to the Moon.
During his speech, Jim Free warned that even with the budget proposal of the US President, there is a risk of a shortage of funds for the implementation of the Artemis lunar program. At the same time, Advisory Committee Chairman Wayne Hale emphasized that the US Congress should direct taxpayer funds to priority purposes, despite the desire to increase funding for the Artemis program.