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Return to the moon could be steppingstone to Mars

No humans have walked on the moon since 1972, when the Apollo 17 crew left the lunar surface.

Since then, returning to the moon has been an almost perennial refrain among U.S. presidential administrations. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Trump administration aimed to send astronauts to the moon within five years.

It's not a universally popular idea. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon in 1969, has worn

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