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Today’s Deep Space Extra

13 May 2019, 15:17 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s efforts to meet a new 2024 deadline for a human return to the surface of the Moon and how it will be funded continue to provide a rich topic of discussion with the space community. But the effort, a partnership between NASA and the private sector and international partner, is beginning produce potential significant elements.
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