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O’Keefe Speaks With Futurism About the Moon Mission Delay

September 9, 2022


Sean O'Keefe

Sean O'Keefe

The launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) was called off twice last week and is now scheduled for late September. University Professor Sean O'Keefe, former NASA administrator, provided his perspective on the delays.

"This is a very rigid process where everything has to work exactly as it's supposed to," says O'Keefe. "It's a very, very disciplined process. So the amount of time, care and effort that goes into every launch is always a lot, and there are lots of stories of Apollo missions, the old Saturn V, for example, that took days and days and days before it finally launched."

"This is not a new development, it's not something that cropped up. And this is a demonstration of the usual caution that the agency always employs," O'Keefe says. "There's an overabundance of focus on the stuff that really requires diligence and care and attention to detail, where everything must line up just right, or they will try again another day until they do get everything right."

Read more in the Futurism article, "Here's What the Former Head of NASA Has to Say About the Moon Mission Delay."

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