Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion

NASA shake-up leaves space program in confusion

In an email obtained by CNET, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told employees Wednesday that Gerstenmaier would become a special assistant to Jim Morhard, the deputy administrator.

"As you already know, NASA has been given a daring challenge to place the first lady and the next guy on the Moon by 2024, with a deal with the last word goal of sending people to Mars", Bridenstine wrote.

Gerstenmaier was ousted from his role hours after he testified before Congress on the future of the International Space Station and plans for low-Earth orbit.

"I don't have any feelings about going back to the moon or not, I think, probably, given the fact of nanotechnology and what that's going to do for us, lots of good things, I think going back to the moon is a waste of money".

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said there was nothing wrong with what Gerstenmaier was doing.

On April 11, 1970, NASA astronaut Fred Haise was preparing to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and walk on the surface of the Moon. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years".


Johnson said that amid the challenges that come with the moonshot project, removing experienced leaders at NASA appears to be an ill-guided decision.

He promised to work with her and other members "to achieve our mutual goals in science and exploration". The move is the latest in a couple of high-profile executive changes NASA has made in recent months as the agency strives to return humans to the lunar surface.

"If NASA is not now capable of landing American astronauts on the Moon in five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission, "Pence said then".

The new timeline gives NASA only five years to assemble the hardware and funds it requires.

San Francisco: Ahead of the upcoming 50th anniversary of mankind's first successful trip to the moon, Google has recreated the Apollo 11 rocket's command module with Augmented Reality (AR).

The hardware that NASA needs is either delayed, way over budget or doesn't yet exist.

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