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Sixty years ago, spurred by competition with the Soviet Union, the United States created NASA, launching a long journey that would take Americans to the moon within a decade.Now, NASA is struggling to redefine itself in an increasingly crowded field of international space agencies and commercial interests, with its sights set on returning to deep space.NASA's inability to send astronauts to space – a capacity lost in 2011 when the space shuttle program ended, as planned, after 30 years – is a lasting blemish on the agency's stellar image.NASA has long been viewed as a global leader in space innovation, but today the international field is vastly more populated than 60 years ago.How can NASA take advantage of this?NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told a recent panel discussion he is keen to work with other countries that are striving toward space.Bridenstine said President Trump's budget requests for NASA have been "very generous".
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