Congress Not Ready to Jump on Mars Bandwagon

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International Space Station (ISS) in an artist's rendering. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/NASA/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The prospect of sending astronauts to Mars poses scientific challenges, but just as daunting are the political and economic obstacles to fulfilling the dream of interplanetary travel. Two months after President Bush revealed his initiative to return to the moon and eventually travel to Mars, the idea is still floating in space, apparently lacking the political gravity to attract much congressional support.

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