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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced an accelerated goal of putting Americans back on the moon within five years “by any means necessary,” and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine immediately embraced the challenge. “It’s time for the next giant leap. That next giant leap is to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years by any means necessary, and to establish a permanent presence on the moon and prepare to put American astronauts on Mars,” said Pence. Read more for another video and additional information.
“NASA named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that would compete for funding under the space agency’s renewed private-public partnership for developing technology to explore the lunar surface. NASA has already set its sights on the moon’s south pole, a region believed to hold enough recoverable ice water for use in synthesizing additional rocket fuel. NASA also sees the moon as a way station en route to an eventual manned mission to Mars by the mid-2030s,” reports Retuers.