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A Moon Landing In 2024? NASA Says It’ll Happen, Others Say: No Way

Feb 7, 2020

By Nell Greenfieldboyce

NASA is at a critical juncture in its push to get people back to the moon by 2024, with key decisions expected within weeks.

This effort to meet an ambitious deadline set by the Trump administration last year faces widespread skepticism in the aerospace community, even as the new head of human spaceflight at NASA insists that it can succeed.

No one has been to the moon since 1972, even though, back in 2004, then-President George W. Bush laid out a several goals for NASA, including a “return to the moon by 2020 as the launching point for missions beyond.”

A lot has happened in the intervening years and former President Barack Obama had other priorities in space.

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