President Donald Trump followed up his pledge to return U.S. astronauts to Moon with a $19.9 billion fiscal 2019 spending plan—a 2% increase over 2017 and 2018—that would wean NASA away from direct support of the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 and bolster public-private partnerships to develop alternative low-Earth-orbit (LEO) research outposts as well as lunar landing and exploration technologies.  At best, the U.S. toehold in lunar orbit will not come until ...


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