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Obama sets US sights on Mars

President Barack Obama is set to outline a revamped space policy that will use $6 billion in new funding to create 2,500 new jobs in Florida.

Mr Obama has been facing criticism over the direction of space policy after NASA officials announced plans in March to kill the Constellation programme that had been designed to launch astronauts into orbit and return Americans to the Moon.

But White House officials said that President Obama wants NASA to begin work on building a new heavy lift rocket sooner than envisioned under the cancelled Constellation programme, with a commitment to decide in 2015 on the specific rocket that will take astronauts deeper into space.

  • 15 April 2010
  • Space

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