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Awayday spaceships

Bush's Mars announcement might mean the end of American humans in space

By Oliver Morton   March 2004

It is easy – and probably right – to be cynical about President Bush’s call for a return to the moon by 2020, and a mission to put people on the surface of Mars at some undisclosed date. There’s no prior evidence that Bush is a space visionary – while governor of Texas he never even visited the Johnson Space Centre, Nasa’s vast human space flight citadel in Houston. The space plans were rolled out in the middle of January, but having failed to strike a chord, merited no mention in the state of the union address the following week.…

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