Space & Astronomy
Obama backs Moon return in NASA budget
By T.K. Randall
March 5, 2009 · 8 comments
Image Credit: NASA
An overview of President Obama's 2010 budget has revealed that NASA is still on track for humans to return to the Moon by 2020, if successful it will see the first humans stepping foot on the lunar surface in over 50 years. NASA is also going ahead with its plan to retire the space shuttles by 2010 and develop a replacement.
NASA will stay on track to return humans to the Moon by 2020, according to an overview of President Obama's 2010 budget request released on Thursday. Recently, various groups - including Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the space advocacy group the Planetary Society - have called for NASA to send astronauts to new destinations, such as asteroids. But the budget request backs a plan developed under the Bush administration to retire the space shuttle by 2010 and develop a system to return humans to the Moon by 2020."
Source: New Scientist
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