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Mar 11, 2019 8:36 PM 2+ week ago

As the 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing in July approaches, NASA scientists and engineers at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View are perfecting technology to take the next generation of astronauts to the Moon and Mars. Scott Budman reports. (Published Monday, March 11, 2019)

NASA's ultimate goal in the next decade is to establish a permanent, sustained human presence on the moon. Astronauts are expected to touch down by 2028, and NASA could begin preparing the surface of the moon for human landing as early as 2020.

A successful presence on the moon will pave the way for the first human space flight to Mars, and NASA technology born in the Silicon Valley will play a crucial role in this feat.

"What happens here can influence where we can go, how fast we can go and how we can come back." Robin Beck, an aerospace engineer in charge of materials at NASA, said at Ames on Monday. "The scariest part ...

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