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NASA promises to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024

US Vice-President Mike Pence has set 5-year deadline for landing Americans at moon’s South Pole at meeting of the National Space Council at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

"The first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts, launched by American rockets from American soil." –  he noted. “We’re in a space race today, just as we were in the 1960s, and the stakes are even higher,” Pence declared.  

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted: “Challenge accepted. Now let’s get to work”.

 “We will take action in the days and weeks ahead to accomplish these goals. We have laid out a clear plan for s exploration campaign that cuts across three strategic areas: low-Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars and deeper into space,” NASA quots Bridenstine in the official statement.

Previous deadline for the resumed manned missions to the Moon was set for 2028. The last NASA manned flight to the Moon took place in 1972. Apart from USA only USSR and China has succeeded  reaching the Earth  natural satellite. However they have sent only robotic modules with no crew on board.

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