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Can Bolden Banish NASA Blues?

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Science  17 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5938, pp. 261
DOI: 10.1126/science.325.5938.261

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Next week marks 40 years since NASA first put men on the moon. But trepidation about the space agency's future is dampening celebration of that milestone achievement. The biggest question facing NASA is whether the 2004 vision of President George W. Bush to return humans to the moon by 2020 and then on to Mars is still alive. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to build a large new rocket that can put humans back on the lunar surface, and at last week's confirmation hearing for Charles Bolden Jr., President Obama's choice to lead the agency, Bolden told senators that is still in the cards.