Monday, August 25, 2008
50th Anniversary Lunar Landing - NOT
NASA's Wendell W. Mendell, Manager, Office for Human Exploration Science at NASA Johnson Space Center responded to a question today on the Lunar Listserv asking "with just a little more effort, we could return people to the Moon by July 20, 2019, which would be *very* significant. Is there any talk of this as a goal?"
Mendell: "I have not heard any discussion of a 50th anniversary goal. At the time of the declaration of the Vision for Space Exploration at the beginning of 2004, I think it could have happened. However, the failure of the Constellation budget to meet expectations over the past couple of years and the currently projected shortfalls in the upcoming years effectively make itimpossible. Originally, the CEV was intended to go into service to the ISS in 2010, at the retirement of the Shuttle. I haven't been keeping track, but I think the gap is now five years between Shuttle retirement and CEV operation."