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Nasa's human spaceflight programme doomed to fail: Study

Published on Jun 6, 2014 9:57 AM
 
The winning design for the prototype of a new spacesuit. The US space agency Nasa has been warned that its mission to send humans to Mars will fail unless its revamps its methods and draws up a clear, well-planned strategy to conquer the red planet. PHOTO: AFP/NASA

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US space agency Nasa has been warned that its mission to send humans to Mars will fail unless its revamps its methods and draws up a clear, well-planned strategy to conquer the red planet.

The National Research Council said in a congressionally-mandated report that Washington should use "stepping stones" to achieve its goal of a manned flight to Mars.

This could involve exploring an asteroid, building a moon outpost or building more international cooperation with countries like China.

"To continue on the present course... is to invite failure, disillusionment and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something the United States does best," said the NRC's 286-page report.

 
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