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Fra Mauro
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posted 02-12-2018 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In short, not much appears to have changed. NASA will continue to fund a "gateway" concept for a small outpost in orbit near the Moon in the mid-2020s, with landings somewhere, at some point in the distant future.
That's the key point — nothing much has changed. No timeline, no budget, no work on a manned lander until... blah, blah blah. If the budget request is approved, what about the next President...

p51
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posted 02-12-2018 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
It sets a timeline.
Yeah, until the next President, that is.

Politicians love working toward their own goals, not the ones set by someone previously (and least of all, someone from the other party).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2018 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it stands right now, with the exception of a vaguely defined robotic precursor program, there is little change between what the prior administration began and what the current White House is supporting. The timeline has not changed, which is why it was notable, and the infrastructure remains the same.

Of course, that can be, and perhaps should be viewed as a good thing — continuity should be applauded.

Here is the timeline as released by NASA today:


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