Pence calls for returning American astronauts to moon within 5 years

Pat Wise
March 30, 2019

"All Points is a prime information technology contractor at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and have also worked at MDA", said Randy Kline, a 39-year U.S. Army civil servant at Redstone Arsenal, and All Points' General Manager for Huntsville Operations.

Apart from SpaceX, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) can also be part of NASA's Moon program.

"Urgency must be our watch word".

Ultimately, it's up to Congress to appropriate NASA's funding, which in turn directs the agency and its long-term goals, but the moon-shot is on the top of Pence's priority list.

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- NASA will create a Moon-to-Mars Mission Directorate and make all necessary efforts to achieve Exploration Mission-1, a foundational uncrewed mission around the Moon. Workers say a lot of progress is being made toward taking man, and the first woman, to the moon. There, in 1972, American astronauts of the "Apollo 17 " Mission a year ago, landed.

Pence declared that current estimates, which say American astronauts would not walk on the Moon until 2028, were "not good enough". 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. Other special guests included Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama Speaker of the House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "It shouldn't take us 11 years to get back". As Pence mentioned, ought to issues show troublesome, the president plans to "change the group, not the mission". Nasa had already been planning to return to the Moon, but Mr Pence's announcement accelerates the timeline.

"The moon is a truly outstanding target, both for science and for getting our exploration legs back before we set out to further destinations like Mars", Stern wrote in an email.

But former NASA official Scott Hubbard said five years seems "awfully short to me", given the lack of national security incentives like those that existed during Apollo and the Cold War race to beat the Soviets to the moon. All Points, a resident of the research park for 10 years, has added 12,000 square feet to include additional executive offices to accommodate support staff to better serve All Point's Redstone Arsenal and NASA customers.

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