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12:00 AM, March 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 28, 2019

US to return to moon by 2024

US Vice President Mike Pence announced on Tuesday an accelerated goal of putting Americans back on the moon within five years "by any means necessary," and Nasa's top official immediately embraced the challenge.

Pence, chairing a meeting of the National Space Council at Nasa's Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, borrowed from the vocabulary of the Cold War era in declaring, "We're in a space race today, just as we were in the 1960s."

The drive to reach the moon reflects President Donald Trump's desire to champion a bold new national objective as he mounts a re-election bid.

Nasa had previously aimed to return astronauts to the lunar surface by the year 2028.

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