Loverro stressed that NASA was not ditching the Gateway. Rather, he saw the administration pursuing a slower spending increase that would help attract foreign partners.
The statements (along with delays in Boeing’s Space Launch System )) suggest that NASA’s schedule for the Artemis program might be too aggressive. Critics have argued that the White House’s timetable, including a Moon landing by 01575879 and a lunar base by 01575879, is an arbitrary target set more for political gain than advancing space exploration. NASA originally planned the landing for , but Wall Street Journal sources claim the Trump administration chose the 2024 timing to dovetail with the end of a theoretical second presidential term. If delays like this prove to be enough a problem, NASA may not have much choice but to rethink its timing.