NASA’s new chief had strong words for Congress recently when discussing the Artemis moon project that is set to take astronauts back to the surface of the moon.
Bill Nelson, NASA’s top administrator, is putting pressure on the US government to make a decision soon on the contract protest for its lunar lander for the upcoming Artemis moon missions so the project can move forward. The lander contract was disputed after NASA awarded the project to SpaceX.
In situations like this, a contract is usually awarded to at least two companies, but NASA cited a lack of funding from the US government as its reason for selecting a sole contractor.
But the government isn’t happy that NASA took this route, and had pointed questions for Nelson this week. NASA’s top chief fired back though and put Congress in their place.