NASA's Inspector General projects the Artemis 1 mission will not launch until "summer 2022," while delays on the HLS program and new spacesuit development mean it will be "several years" later than expected until the agency lands astronauts on the Moon:… Image
The OIG report comes a week after NASA officially delayed Artemis III, the crewed lunar landing, to 2025:
IG also projects the first four SLS missions with Orion will cost NASA "$4.1 billion per launch." Image
Overview of the organizational structure of NASA's Artemis program: Image
Here is how NASA's Inspector General breaks down its estimate that the Artemis program will cost $93 billion by fiscal year 2025: Image
And here is how IG breaks down its projected $4.1 billion cost per SLS/Orion launch: ImageImage

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