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President Obama axes US Moon return project

President Obama has cancelled the American project designed to take humans back to the Moon.

New rockets and crew ships had been part of the Constellation programme to put astronauts on the lunar surface by 2020.

In his federal budget speech, Mr Obama said the project was "over budget, behind schedule, and lacking in innovation".

David Shukman reports.


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