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A recent National Academies report proposed new space telescopes for NASA, potentially adding to NASA's 3 current major space telescope projects. One current project (the James Webb Space Telescope) plans to launch in December after years of delays and cost increases.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
The U.S. commercial space transportation industry continues to evolve. More launches are putting more satellites and other payloads into space, and companies are edging closer to offering space tourism.
Since we last reported on NASA's plans to return humans to the moon by 2024, NASA has made some progress.
But a fast-tracked schedule to meet this ambitious date—along with some technical risks—mean that it's less likely a lunar landing will happen in 2024.
DOD is acquiring new space systems as its older ones near completion.
This testimony discusses DOD's ongoing space acquisition challenges and opportunities.
Our prior work found that DOD space programs often exceed their budgets and are late.
NASA plans to invest over $69 billion dollars in its major projects to continue exploring the moon, Sun, Earth, and solar system.
This is our 13th annual assessment of NASA's major projects. It includes snapshot profiles of 33 major projects.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the planned successor to the Hubble Telescope. The cost of the telescope has nearly doubled—to $9.7 billion—since 2009. Its launch, now planned for October 2021, has been delayed over 7 years.
NASA is working to complete the telescope.
In FY 2019, NASA reported being responsible for $1.7 billion in environmental liabilities for restoration projects to address contamination resulting from mission activities such as rocket testing—a 45% increase from FY 2014. NASA had 14 locations in need of cleanup in FY19.