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40 years in space

• US President Bush may use next Wednesday's Wright centennial to announce a new space initiative: perhaps a return to the moon or a manned mission to Mars, according to news reports.

• Through 1970, only 26 Russians and Americans had ventured beyond Earth's atmosphere. Since then, such travel has mushroomed: More than 400 people have now ventured into space.

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• So far, only 12 people have set foot on the moon.

SOURCE: NASA