USA astronauts to the moon in the next five years

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This timeline was given at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama. That's not to say NASA doesn't have its own problems to deal with, such as Boeing's seeming inability to deliver on promises it made over a decade ago with the Space Launch System or, more recently, the Starliner spacecraft.

"Urgency must be our watch word".

ACCELERATING AMERICA'S SPACE EXPLORATION: President Donald J. Trump is setting a bold goal to put Americans back on the Moon by 2024.

Now, the earliest possible landing on the moon by NASA isn't until 2028, Pence said. But after Tuesday's announcement, Nasa's administrator said he was sure Nasa could achieve a successful SLS flight by next year. In fact, China's far-side Moon rover landing that Pence used as a scare tactic in his speech has proven to be a boon for NASA, with China agreeing to let NASA use its new satellite relay system for future US missions to the Moon.

Esa-chief Johann-Dietrich Wörner would like to avoid a similar competition like at the time, however, as he said to the news portal "Spiegel Online" after the announcement of Pence. He also announced the goal of establishing a constant USA presence on the Moon as a basis for future NASA missions to Mars.

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"And let me be clear: The first woman and the next man on the Moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets, from American soil".

Miller Belmont with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense says Pence's five-year deadline is reasonable.

But on Tuesday, he expressed confidence that the SLS, or Space Launch System, would be ready for the job. "It shouldn't take us 11 years to get back". The vice president of the USA Mike Pence was a speaker at the event.

The question stands as to what this will mean for the future of NASA, and what else will be de-funded in order to return humans to the Moon. Russian Federation and the United States share the International Space Station, working in tandem on many scientific efforts, and while Russian Federation does charge the United States for seats into space on Soyuz spacecraft, Russia's Roscosmos has been remarkably accommodating. It's vital to notice that returning to the Moon will likely be costly-one estimate urged $104 billion in 2005 or almost $135 billion at this time. "NASA technologically could do this, it all comes down to budget and political will".

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