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Mars or bust, says new report on NASA human space exploration
Mars or bust, says new report on NASA human space exploration

If NASA is to make great strides in its human spaceflight program, it needs to go big or go home -- and get to the Martian surface, says a new congressionally mandated report. But the 285-page report from the National Research Council goes on to say the agency won't succeed unless it does so in a smart, well-planned way, venturing far beyond the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit with the help of a clear, step-by-step plan. The report calls for the U.S. to set an ambitious (but not too far-out) goal of reaching the Red Planet’s surface by building up the necessary technology and expertise in a series of human exploration missions. This stepping-stone...

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