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American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon

President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorises NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon—a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America’s primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create jobs. But while a coherent and ambitious space program is welcome news, the announcement can also be seen as a distraction. Read More >>

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The Best Way to Make it to Mars? Go Back to the Moon

Getting to the Moon was one of the greatest accomplishments in human history. But now, the Moon may be reduced to a mere pit stop for space travellers headed elsewhere. A Mars mission might be much easier, say researchers at MIT, if we use the Moon as a refuelling station. Read More >>