Cape Canaveral — Unlike the Apollo programme that put astronauts on the Moon 50 years ago, Nasa is gearing up for a long-term presence on Earth’s satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars.

“Now, Nasa is working to build a sustainable, open architecture that returns humanity to our nearest neighbour,” Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of Nasa, said in a statement to a Senate committee on Wednesday. “We are building for the long term, going to the Moon to stay, and moving beyond to Mars.”..

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