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Vice President Pence Confirms NASA to Refocus on Moon Missions

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Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed a shift in goals for NASA towards putting humans back on the Moon.

This is a change from the policy of the previous administration, in which then-President Obama declared that America would focus on heading to Mars. However, despite these plans, the Associate Administrator of Human Exploration and Operations at NASA, William Gerstenmaier, announced back in July that with current budget limits, a mission to the red planet would be practically impossible:

I can’t put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is the other piece is, at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we don’t have the surface systems available for Mars… And that entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars.READ MORE

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