Development of NASA's megarocket has overrun costs by nearly $2 BILLION and may not be complete until 2021 - four years later than originally planned, watchdog finds | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Development of NASA's megarocket has overrun costs by nearly $2 BILLION and may not be complete until 2021 - four years later than originally planned, watchdog finds

NASA's flagship space launch system is taking years longer than expected with cost overruns of nearly $2 billion, an audit has found, raising questions about meeting a goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) identified $1.8 billion in additional costs, including nearly $1 billion that NASA obscured in previous reports on its Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket and capsule on which the mission rely.

The issues around the rocket's development, led by Boeing Co, mean that the first launch of the SLS originally scheduled for late 2017 could be delayed until June 2021.

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