Gateway Is An Option - Not A Feature - For The Moon 2024 Thing

Gateway No Longer Mandatory For 2024 Lunar Landing, Space Policy Online

"The head of NASA's human exploration program said today that the lunar Gateway that has been a linchpin of the Artemis program no longer is a mandatory component of getting astronauts back on the Moon by 2024. NASA has decided to "decouple" getting to the Moon "fast" versus getting there "sustainably" and Gateway is not needed to get there fast. This dramatic turnaround was driven by the need to meet the Trump Administration's deadline to put astronauts on the lunar surface before the end of a second Trump term if he is reelected."

NASA takes Gateway off the critical path for 2024 lunar return, SpaceNews

"We can now tell the international partners] 100% positively it will be there because we've changed that program to a much more what I would call solid, accomplishable schedule," he said. He added there were unspecified changes to the Gateway design to reduce its cost "so I don't get into a struggle" between the cost of the Gateway and human lunar landers, suggesting there were cost overruns with the Gateway. "Frankly, had we not done that simplification, I was going to have to cancel Gateway because I couldn't afford it," he said. "By simplifying it and taking it out of the critical path, I can now keep it on track."

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