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NASA Sees Cost Rising 30% on Boeing Rocket for Moon Missions

  • Jump in price tag is tied to firm November 2021 launch date
  • Space agency is working at ‘best possible pace,’ Lueders says
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Boeing Co.’s Space Launch System, the largest rocket in NASA’s history, will carry a price tag of at least $9.1 billion -- or 30% more than the previous estimate for a key element in the agency’s plan to return to the moon.

Additionally, the costs for new ground infrastructure at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to support the deep-space exploration program has jumped to $2.4 billion, Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for human spaceflight, said in a blog post Wednesday. That’s also a 30% increase, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in an email Thursday.