US media reported Wednesday that the agency had come to an appointment with President Donald Trump's ambitions to turn astronauts on the moon by 2024.
The project – the name of Artemis – will be the first attempt to bring people to the surface of the Moon since the last landing of Apollo in 1972, but some experts doubt that this term is realistic given the budget constraints and delays in the development of next-generation missiles and equipment needed for travel .
To meet this "courageous challenge," NASA administrator Jim Bridgestin told employees that Bill Gerstenmeier, head of the Directorate for Human Resources Research and Operations (HEO), was removed from his post and received an advisory role for the Post and other US news.
Wisely-respected Gerstenmeier is a NASA veteran who joined the agency in 1977, becoming one of his top managers, controlling the program of space shuttles and US operations at the International Space Station before becoming HEO head.
"We, as a nation, are grateful for its service in advancing American priorities and expanding the boundaries of science, technology and intelligence," writes Bridenstine in its e-mail, according to CBS News.
Former astronaut Ken Bowesox will perform the duties of chapter section, Bridenstine emails.
The American plan to return people to the moon, including the first woman, suffers from delays and cost overruns, according to an official audit, promulgated last month.
The cost of a Boeing giant rocket launcher (SLS), based on the Artemis project, increased by almost 30 percent to $ 8 billion, and its already delayed first flight is unlikely to happen until June 2020, as planned. .
Also increased costs for the Orion capsule, which is being built by Lockheed Martin for the transportation of astronauts.
But Vice President Mike Pence, who announced the accelerated goal of 2024 in March, criticized NASA for "bureaucratic inertia" and asked for new thinking.
Critics have said that such limited timeframes could lead to serious risks to save time, including reducing the number of missile tests.
Bridenstine described the term 2024 as "aggressive," but feasible.
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