NASA's vision for lunar exploration includes landing astronauts, from NASA and its partners, on the surface of the moon by the late 2020s, the agency's acting administrator said Feb. 20.
Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon will be in the agency's 2019 budget request, scheduled for release as soon as early February.
NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said that a new NASA authorization bill should provide continuity for the agency’s programs despite swirling questions about potential budget cuts.
Two weeks into the administration of President Donald Trump, NASA’s acting administrator said there have yet to be any major changes to the agency’s activities or any indication of when such changes might come.
NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot formally took over as acting administrator of NASA Jan. 20 as the new Trump administration assigned two people to positions within the agency.
The man who will soon become the acting administrator of NASA said he expects some members of the incoming Trump administration’s landing team to stay on at the agency after the inauguration.