Planning for Mars

Obama outlines space program that would take crew beyond the moon.

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM May 4, 2010

By Stephen Ornes

Forget the moon: We’re headed to Mars.

That’s one message President Obama delivered on April 15, during a speech about the future of the U.S. space program. The president’s plans do not involve a return trip to the moon, which humans have not visited since 1972. But they do include a trip to an asteroid and, eventually, to Mars.

Obama spoke at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Fla., which is where space shuttles blast off (on the back of powerful rockets) and often land...

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