ABSTRACT

NASA Lunar Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Analyses and Plans for Moon Landing, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 8MB]

From GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "In March 2019, the White House directed NASA to accelerate its plans to return humans to the moon by 4 years, to 2024. To accomplish a lunar landing, NASA is developing programs including a small platform in lunar orbit, known as Gateway, and a lunar lander. NASA plans to use the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule--two programs with a history of cost growth and schedule delays--to launch and transport crew to Gateway. The House Committee on Appropriations included a provision in its 2018 report for GAO to review NASA's proposed lunar-focused programs, including the Gateway program. GAO's report assesses (1) how NASA updated its lunar plans to support the accelerated 2024 landing timeline; (2) the extent to which NASA has made initial decisions about requirements, cost, and schedule for its lunar mission and programs; and (3) the extent to which NASA analyzed alternatives for its lunar plans, including the Gateway program. GAO analyzed NASA lunar mission and program documents, assessed NASA studies that informed NASA's lunar plans, and interviewed NASA officials."

Report Number:
GAO-20-68
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Date:
2019-12
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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