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Images: NASA's plans to return to the moon

Before it embarks on a journey to Mars, NASA plans to test its technology with a return to the moon. The $100 billion trip, scheduled for 2018, will borrow from the Apollo program and develop new technology that could be used for a Mars landing. For instance, the reusable capsule, designed for a crew of four to six, will be three times larger than that used for Apollo. The capsule also will have solar panels and run on liquid methane which can be produced on Mars. This model of the new capsule is depicted in lunar orbit.

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