WP: U.S. plans moon base on path to Mars - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com: "By Guy Gugliotta
The Washington Post
Updated: 1:36 p.m. ET March 26, 2006
HOUSTON - For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history — putting human beings on Mars."