Sorry, but NASA probably isnt sending astronauts to the moon in 2024

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3 April 2019


Will US astronauts return to the moon in 2024?

NASA Orion

THE countdown has begun. Last week, US vice president Mike Pence announced that NASA is being directed to put astronauts on the moon by 2024 – the final year of president Donald Trump’s tenure, should he win re-election.

It is an ambitious goal and there are several obstacles to clear before we will see new bootprints in the lunar soil. Most crucially, reaching the moon requires a heavy-lift launch vehicle – a rocket that can boost 20 to 50 tonnes into low Earth orbit – to carry …