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Will Joe Biden pump the brakes during Trump’s moon race?

It was supposed to be the crowning moment of Donald Trump’s second term. By 2024, the Trump administration aimed to place astronauts on the moon for the first time in more than half a century, bolstering a long-term U.S. presence on the lunar surface for science and technology. mining – and as a path station for a future mission to Mars.

But then Trump lost his candidacy for reelection. NASA’s Artemis program is now in limbo. The 2024 target was still ambitious and arbitrary, tied to Trump’s dream of a second term. A year after the onset of a global pandemic with all the economic stress it entails, landing astronauts on the moon in just four years seems increasingly far-fetched.

Observers of President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for NASA say Artemis will not be Biden’s space priority. Space climate science, which has withered under Trump, is likely to trump a moon landing. Biden’s transition team did not respond to a request for comment.

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