Reports say planned human flights to the moon and Mars likely to be ditched in effort to rein in US deficitNasa's plans to send a manned mission to the moon and launch the US into a bold new era of space exploration are likely to remain on the ground today when Barack Obama unveils his budget.The president wants to cut back or abandon 120 government programmes to help rein in the US deficit – among them the funding of the US space administration – as part of the $3.8tn (£2.4tn) budget.According to the Washington Post, Obama will seek to shelve the $81bn Constellation programme, which called for a return to the moon by 2020 and human landings on Mars by the middle of the century. The plans were laid out by his predecessor, George Bush, in 2004.The budget could also spell the end for Nasa's successor to the space shuttle,...
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