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Will NASA Shoot for the Moon?

Antores on the Frau Mauro Highlands
Antores on the Frau Mauro Highlands

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An independent panel convened by the Obama administration is recommending NASA scrap its mission of returning to the moon and instead focus on cultivating a competitive commercial space industry. The shift would move a lot of aerospace contracts into private industry, which proponents say would lower costs and increase efficiency. So what would be NASA’s new role?


Scott Pace, director, Space Policy Institute at George Washington University