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Space travel: US government wants to get to the moon faster

According to Vice President Mike Pence, the US government wants to send American astronauts to the moon again in the next five years. It is time to redouble efforts on such a mission, said Pence in Huntsville, Alabama. To do this, the US would have to increase the pace.

Currently, NASA has not planned the earliest possible moon landing until 2028. However, if the space agency fails to get US astronauts onto Earth's natural satellite by 2024, "we have to change the organization, not the mission," said Pence. Nasa must transform itself into a leaner, more transparent and more agile institution and adopt an "all-man-on-board" mentality.

At the same time, in addition to competence, financial resources are necessary to implement the moon mission earlier, said Pence. If necessary, NASA missiles and landing vehicles could be replaced by devices from private companies.

NASA boss Jim Bridenstine assured Pence that the space agency will do everything possible to meet the deadline. However, experts were skeptical as to whether this could succeed. Finally, a lunar lander must first be designed, built and tested, said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Even without political battles over the budget, this is a major challenge given a time frame of five years.

In summer the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing is approaching. Since the last Apollo mission to the moon in 1972, no country has made a serious attempt to send astronauts to the surface.