The word "ambitious" has been floating around NASA's Artemis program, which has been aiming to return astronauts to the moon in 2024. A NASA report released this month suggests that 2024 might be a little too ambitious.
The NASA Office of Inspector General released its 2020 Report of Top Management and Performance Challenges (PDF) and "Landing the First Woman and the Next Man on the Moon by 2024" is listed as "Challenge 1." The office is tasked with oversight duties for NASA programs and operations.
The report lays out a variety of obstacles to making it back by 2024, including the overall cost of the program, delays with the Space Launch System rocket and the ongoing scheduling impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "Given the multiple challenges outlined above, we believe the agency will be hard-pressed to land astronauts on the moon by the end of 2024," the report said.
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The Office of Inspector General report doesn't completely wipe out the 2024 dream: "At the very least, achieving any date close to this ambitious goal -- and reaching Mars in the 2030s -- will require strong, consistent, sustained leadership from the president, Congress and NASA, as well as stable and timely funding."