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According to Space.com (This article and its images were originally posted on Space.com November 21, 2018 at 08:18AM.)
NASA’s lunar exploration plans, if properly designed, could address many of the technological “long poles” needed for future human missions to Mars.WASHINGTON — With NASA committed to a human return to the moon, Mars exploration advocates say those lunar missions can be useful to achieve their long-term goals, if designed properly.
Many supporters of human missions to Mars had warned against spending resources on a human return to the moon, fearing that lunar surface expeditions would consume significant resources and delay exploration of Mars. Prior to the current administration’s Space Policy Directive 1, NASA’s “Journey to Mars” plans largely avoided the lunar surface, focusing instead on activities in cislunar space as a testing ground for Mars expeditions in the 2030s.
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