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USA to send astronauts back to the Moon, "Mars and beyond"

U.S President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order on space exploration- DC Pool Getty Images
Andrew Cummings | 12 December, 2017, 18:29

He wants to send American astronauts back to the moon, and to places no man has ever gone before.

As he signed a policy directive Monday meant to "refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery", President Donald Trump instructed NASA to return American astronauts to the moon, alluded to an "eventual mission to Mars" and promised to "restore American leadership in space".

"That's what our country is doing again, we're dreaming big", the president said, with Apollo 17 moonwalker Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and other key space program officials looking on.

Watch live in the video above.

The ceremony also featured a moon rock 3.8 billion years old collected by Schmitt's Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

"We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond", Pence said at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council Oct. 5 at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

Trump vowed his new directive "will refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery". It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972...

Mr Trump also said the program would lay the foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, although he did not give a date for this.

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The US President spoke of his grand plans to explore the galaxy as he launched a new space policy directive yesterday.

With this, Trump is also putting the vision of former president George W. Bush back on the map.

Technology website Ars Technica noted that under a status quo situation, "it is hard to see NASA or its partner astronauts landing on the moon before 2030, presuming the next president sticks with this plan".

NASA said initial funding for the new policy would be included in its budget request for fiscal year 2019.

"We're dreaming big", he added.

Only 12 men have set foot on the Moon - all have been Americans.

A White House statement acknowledged that partnerships with other nations and private industry could well be on the cards.

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