NASA moves moon landing deadline back to 2025

A piece of the Artemis 1 rocket is transported at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, before sunrise on July 30, 2020, after making a 13-day journey on a barge from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The section is a stage adapter for NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket, which is under development for crewed lunar flights in the Artemis mission. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

NASA is pushing back its deadline for returning American astronauts to the moon’s surface by as much as one year, officials announced Tuesday. It is the first official acknowledgment that 2024, the target set when Donald Trump was president, cannot be met.