President Bush called for putting astronauts back on the Moon by 2020 and sending humans to Mars thereafter. Last week SPACE.com and Space News reported that NASA will announce plans to send four astronauts to Moon in 2018.
Numerous advances in technology have already been identified in order for the timetable to be met. These innovations include a re-usable vehicle that's safer than the shuttle; technology for extracting fuel from the destination; and an airbag landing upon return to Earth.
It is also envisaged that an early element of dispatching people back to the Moon is sending robots prior to any human stepping on the moon
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