Bush ‘to announce manned mission to Mars’ Ananova

George Bush is set to announce plans to send Americans to Mars and establish a moonbase. The Mars mission would be more than a decade from now. The last time man travelled to the moon was in December 1972. Three senior officials said Bush wanted to aggressively reinvigorate the US space programme, which has been demoralised by a series of setbacks, including the Columbia space shuttle disaster last February. Officials said Bush would make his announcement next week.