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Jurczyk Is Sticking With A 2024 Artemis Lunar Landing Date – For Now

By Keith Cowing
February 2, 2021
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Jurczyk Is Sticking With A 2024 Artemis Lunar Landing Date – For Now

We Interviewed the New Head of NASA About SpaceX, China, and Aliens, Futurism
“Question: Your predecessor laid out a lot of highly-ambitious plans, like landing the first woman on the Moon by 2024 and establishing a long-term lunar base. I assume Artemis isn’t being abandoned, but are you still pursuing those same timelines?
Jurczyk: Every indication we have so far, in week two of the new administration, is that Artemis will not be abandoned. … I think that the Moon-to-Mars strategy of Artemis is still our strategic vector. And then we have to look at the funding in our fiscal year 2021 appropriation. We’ve proposed roughly $3.2 billion in 2021 for the human landing system. And I think we received roughly about a quarter of that, about $850 million. So given that change in budget, particularly for that landing system, we’ll have to look at the timeline for what we now call the Artemis III mission, which is the mission that would land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024. Mostly driven by budget and not necessarily by policy, we’re looking at the timeline for the Artemis III mission and that might affect the Artemis IV mission. We are holding the Artemis I mission for later this year. The baseline is to launch in early November. That’s the only uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft. And then we’re planning on the crewed test flight, a mission to go around the Moon and return, Artemis II, in the 2023 timeframe.”

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