NASA’s manned moon landing is set for 2024, which many experts say is unrealistic. Humans haven’t returned to the moon since 1972, and NASA’s moon launch vehicle and other supporting systems have yet to be developed and tested, and how can it be ready in four years?
U.S. lawmakers asked NASA officials how confident they were in the timetable, and as a result, NASA officials clapped their chests to say they would be able to do it.
Lori Garver, a former NASA deputy director and CEO of the nonprofit Earthrise Alliance, doesn’t think there will be a human moon by 2024, and there hasn’t been a deadline for large-scale space programs since Apollo.
He thinks that like the emperor’s new clothes, people don’t want to admit that they can’t do it. Experts say the deadline is politically motivated.