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Reviving the moribund US human space-flight program requires shooting not just for the Moon, but also for Mars, says a report released today by the US National Academy of Sciences. It lays out three potential paths to the red planet — while warning that reaching Mars will require NASA to rethink how it plans its missions.

Continuing on the agency's present course “is to invite failure, disillusionment, and the longstanding international perception that human space-flight is something that the United States does best,” the report says.

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