Senate committee shifts NASA's direction by canceling moon program

07/16/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation decided on Thursday to end a NASA program to return to the moon, instead opting to use funds to speed development of a shuttle that would take astronauts to Mars. The committee also decided to fund commercial endeavors to build rockets that would bring astronauts to a low Earth orbit.

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