The Moon as Well?
Before President Obama began his first term, NASA was working to put boots on the moon by 2020 under a Bush-era program called Constellation. Obama cancelled Constellation after a review panel deemed it significantly overbudget and behind schedule.
However, NASA remains committed to getting back to the moon using the SLS and Orion, agency officials have said.
"We just recently delivered a comprehensive report to Congress outlining our destinations which makes clear that SLS will go way beyond low-Earth orbit to explore the expansive space around the Earth-moon system, near-Earth asteroids, the moon, and ultimately, Mars," NASA deputy chief Lori Garver said at a conference in September.
"Let me say that again: We're going back to the moon, attempting a first-ever mission to send humans to an asteroid and actively developing a plan to take Americans to Mars," Garver added.
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