WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House panel of independent space experts says NASA's return-to-the-moon plan just won't fly.
The problem is money. The expert panel estimates it would cost
about $3 billion a year beyond NASA's current budget.
The plan to revisit the moon by 2020 was proposed five years ago
by then-President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be financed by
savings from retiring the space shuttles. However, President Barack
Obama's expert panel said any plan to go beyond low-Earth orbit was
"not viable" with current spending. The panel posted a summary
report online Tuesday.
NASA already has spent $7.7 billion on the moon plan, including the design and construction of new rockets.
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