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USA – Spacesuits and Lawsuits Put 2024 Moon Landing in Jeopardy (Defense One)

NASA's  Space Launch System intended to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024.

NASA’s Space Launch System intended to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. JUDE GUIDRY / NASA / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Tara Copp

NASA may not land astronauts on the Moon by 2024 because two spacesuits won’t be ready on time and because losing bidders have protested the lunar lander contract, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday.

“The goal is 2024. We have just been held up for 100 days waiting for the protest” filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics to the Government Accountability Office over NASA’s decision to award the contract to SpaceX, Nelson said.. The protest had halted all work on the lander until GAO threw it out on July 30.

Spacesuits and Lawsuits Put 2024 Moon Landing in Jeopardy – Defense One