Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, NASA, told Senate appropriators this week that the administration is not still ready to publish a revised budget. Reportedly, this budget accommodates a hastened human lunar landing program. He added that the costs of this program are not supposed to be as high as a few rumors.
In a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, members asked for details regarding how much money will be needed to achieve the objective of landing humans on the south pole of the moon in the upcoming five years period. Reportedly, this objective was set by Mike Pence, Vice President, the U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the subcommittee, stated, “Someone in the administration is going to be requesting additional dollars.” “Do we know what the amount of those additional dollars will be?” Bridenstine refused to offer the details on the exact expenditure. He stated that the organization submitted a “pretty good” plan to the Office of Management and Budget.
On a similar note, an Oregon aluminum manufacturer came into the news as it admitted to falsifying important tests on aluminum. Reportedly, this aluminum was sold to NASA for more than 19 Year. The firm as well agreed to pay about $46 Million in fines to the Department of Justice.
NASA stated that the scam was at the center of about two failed missions. One mission was Orbiting Carbon Observatory in 2009, which carried equipment that was intended to take the most accurate measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide to date. The second failed mission was Glory in 2011. This mission was intended to support climate research. However, both rockets were seen dropped back to earth. In a statement, Jim Norman, Director, Launch Services, NASA, proclaimed that the space agency relies on the integrity of this industry throughout the supply chain.