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Mars or bust, says new report on NASA human space exploration

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If NASA is to make great strides in its human spaceflight program, it needs to go big or go home — and get to the Martian surface, says a new congressionally mandated report.

But the 285-page report from the National Research Council goes on to say the agency won’t succeed unless it does so in a smart, well-planned way, venturing far beyond the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit with the help of a clear, step-by-step plan.

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