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NASA's Bill Nelson Says Donald Trump's Artemis Target Was Never Realistic

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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Donald Trump's plans to place astronauts on the moon by 2024 through the Artemis program are unrealistic. 

"The goal was 2025," Nelson told reporters. "2024 was established as the goal of the Trump administration, and it was never a feasible goal." 

NASA is set to launch the first flight test of the lunar-bound Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the capable of crew operation Orion spacecraft on August 29, Monday.

The uncrewed mission, referred to by the name Artemis I, will see Orion travel around the moon for a few days as

Mission controllers check its capabilities before speeding towards Earth at approximately 24,500 miles per hour and putting its heating shield through its paces.

 This is the first step of NASA's Artemis program to bring humans back to the lunar surface at first in nearly 50 years.

In March of 2019, the vice president of Trump, Mike Pence, announced a goal to get humans back in space by 2024. 

He used competition from other countries like China as a reason for the goal.

"What we require right now is urgent action," Pence told the National Space Council at the time.