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NASA’s Tony Fabrizio with The Express reports the space agency is planning a lunar exploration project, $200 million to start the project and is requesting $8 billion in yearly funding.
Fabrizio said the mission is expected to launch in 2022 and will be followed by another mission to Mars about ten years later. He said if the mission is successful and a lot of money is put towards the moon and Mars missions, it could make a difference in establishing man on Mars.
“If the U.S. were to reach Mars, it would prove that it has a space program, in terms of lunar exploration, that is on par with the Russians. In the shuttle program, it will be the most NASA has ever tried and can succeed. They will be able to spend a few hundred million dollars to get the job done. But what about when Mars comes, they will be at a disadvantage if they don’t invest a similar amount and have a mission on the moon. The U.S. and Russians have had the same goal for over 70 years. Right now it is close. There are only a few steps away. Once the astronauts get to Mars, it will be because the United States and Russia spent hundreds of millions of dollars to send them there and their investment may have been wasted.
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