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GAO Wants To Remind You That Artemis Is Lacking Detail

By Keith Cowing
February 13, 2020
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Keith’s note: This is interesting. GAO usually just issues its reports and that’s that. However, they are now overtly mentioning the recently released FY 2021 budget and are directing people to a report “NASA Lunar Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Analyses and Plans for Moon Landing” that says:

“In March 2019, the White House directed NASA to accelerate its plans to return humans to the moon by 2024–4 years earlier than NASA had planned. To meet this new goal, NASA made some changes to its approach. But it is still pursuing an array of complex efforts, including a small platform in lunar orbit called the Gateway, where crew could transit to and from the moon. Some have questioned the path NASA is taking and NASA has not fully explained how it arrived at its plans. So we that NASA document its rationale for these decisions. We also recommended that NASA develop an official cost estimate for the 2024 lunar landing mission.”

Not very subtle – especially for the GAO. If the GAO is publicly reminding people that NASA needs to provide more details then it is a sure thing that Congress will be asking for the same thing – since the report that GAO is referring to was delivered to Congress on 19 December 2019 in response to a request from the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

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