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A view of the Earth appears over the Lunar horizon as the Apollo 11 Command Module comes into view of the Moon before Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. leave in the Lunar Module, Eagle, to become the first men to walk on the Moon's surface. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission is celebrated July 20, 1999. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)

Well this kinda sucks!

NASA is taking a small step back on the next moon mission. As you might recall, the goal was to land two astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024, but the agency says they need another year. In making the announcement, NASA blamed budgets, technical issues and the pandemic.

There was also a seven-month delay in building the spacecraft due to legal challenges from another company. Those have since been resolved and work is underway again. NASA is still planning to orbit a crew around the moon in three years, they just won’t walk on it until 2025.

In much better space news, Crew 3 is set to launch tonight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA officials say the capsule will have over 250 science experiments on board. This after SpaceX’s Crew-2 came back to Earth on Monday after an over six-month mission. Crew 3 is set to launch at 9:03pm and you can watch live on the Science Channel and HERE. At last check, NASA’s forecast is currently showing an 80-percent chance for liftoff.

Source: Time