US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The United States plans to land astronauts on the moon within the next five years, Vice President Mike Pence announced March 26.

The nation had been shooting for a 2028 lunar touchdown, but “that’s just not good enough,” Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. “We’re better than that.”

So, it is now the official policy of the United States to return astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, the vice president stressed, invoking a 21st-century space race with China and Russia.

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