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NASA head says humans will walk on another planet

HUNTSVILLE, AL. (AP) - The head of NASA says he predicts that humans will walk on another planet in his lifetime.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. made the remark Friday before an audience at Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center. The 65-year-old seemed to challenge a claim made hours earlier by his predecessor, Mike Griffin, that President Barack Obama's administration has no desire to support human spaceflight.

The Huntsville Times reports that Bolden mentioned in his speech the heavy lift rocket that the Marshall Center has been tasked to build. He did not say when that work might begin. The Obama administration has ceased the shuttle program in hopes of sending astronaut expeditions to an asteroid and Mars.

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