Another NASA moonshot? Nope. You can't BS your way to space - Sun 21 Jul 08:58 GMT

Opinion: For decades, NASA's been under-funded. Apollo 11 getting to the moon was a miracle of science and engineering. Can we do it again?

  Vice President Mike Pence proclaimed: "If NASA is not currently capable of landing American astronauts on the moon in five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission."

  Today, with $22.6 billion -- 0.4% of the $4.7 trillion FY 2020 federal budget -- NASA still doesn't have anywhere close to enough money to put two astronauts on the moon's south pole.

  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

  The real space flight advances of the last decade have come from Elon Musk's SpaceX and, to a lesser extent Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, Other, much smaller companies, such as Astrobotic, already have plans to make deliveries to the moon.

  If we are to return to the moon in my lifetime, it will be because of private companies and visionaries like Musk.

  Recently, in a Time Magazine interview, Musk said, " It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince NASA that we can."

  Musk has a lot of other things on his plate -- like Tesla -- but if we are to make it back to the moon, I'd bet on private adventurers.