Moon

New report suggests NASA's moon shot timeline could be in trouble

Artist's illustration of an SLS rocket launch.
Artist's illustration of an SLS rocket launch. Image: NASA

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) mega rocket and the Orion spacecraft — designed to take people to deep space destinations like the Moon and Mars — are facing possible delays and cost overruns, according to a new independent report released Wednesday.

Why it matters: Orion and SLS are key elements of NASA's planned Artemis mission, which is the Trump administration's plan to bring astronauts back to the surface of the Moon by 2024. If development of the rocket and spacecraft experience further delays, the agency may not meet that deadline, according to the Government Accountability Office report.

Listen to Apollo 11 in real time

Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon during Apollo 11. Photo: NASA
Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon during Apollo 11. Photo: NASA

A new website transports you back in time to 50 years ago, when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins first shot for the Moon.

The big picture: Apolloinrealtime.org replays the experience of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in real time using archival footage from Mission Control, astronaut-shot footage, TV broadcasts and photos.