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Obama wants manned mission to Mars by 2030s

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida — President Barack Obama Thursday set a bold new course for the future of US space travel, planning to send American astronauts into Mars orbit within the next three decades. And he sought to quell a storm of outrage which met earlier plans unveiled by his…

Obama aide: Plans for new moon mission are ‘dead’

A plan to return US astronauts to the moon “is dead,” a White House adviser on space issues said Friday, confirming reports that NASA will instead focus on developing commercial space transport. “Constellation is dead,” the adviser told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to a program that envisioned returning…