A NASA manager tasked with returning US astronauts to the moon has resigned just six weeks after his appointment.
Mark Sirangelo was called to NASA Administrator Special Assistant [April1945] Jim Bridenstine ] James (Jim) Frederick BridenstineNASA Executive Missions ended weeks after NASA chief-elect: Budget boost good first step for the return to the moon is not the time to abandon NASA's space launch system MORE but he leaves the agency NASA's proposal for a new organizational structure to support the lunar campaign was not accepted by Capitol Hill.
"We are investigating what organizational changes … are needed to maximize efficiency and reach the final state of landing the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024," Bridenstine said in a statement by The Hill ,
"I would like to personally thank Mark for his service and his valuable contributions to the agency," Bridenstine added.
Vice President Pence said in March that the government is required to land astronauts on the moon within five years, which is the government's most concrete timeline to the lunar surface.
President Trump Donald John TrumpA better VA with psychiatric services is essential for American veterans Pelosi. 19659004] announced earlier this month that its budget would add another $ 1.6 billion to NASA. The US is turning "back to the moon, then to Mars".
Also on Thursday, NASA announced Maxar Technologies a $ 375 million contract to develop power and propulsion capabilities for the lunar mission.
Updated at 8:43 am