NASA plans to return to the moon by 2018

09/20/2005 | NYTimes.com

NASA will spend $104 billion to send astronauts back to the moon by 2018, said Michael D. Griffin, the agency's administrator. He said the new spacecraft would resemble the Apollo command capsule but would be bigger. "Think of it as Apollo on steroids," Griffin said. The plan would serve as a stepping stone to Mars, and it drew praise and criticism from lawmakers and experts.

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