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Astronauts Take Up Cross-Moon Skiing?

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Astronauts Take Up Cross-Moon Skiing?

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Astronauts Take Up Cross-Moon Skiing?

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NASA aims to return to the moon by 2020, and one moon-landing veteran has a suggestion: Offer astronauts intensive lessons in cross-country skiing. Harrison Schmitt says it's the perfect way to get around. Even without skis, low gravity means you push off and simply glide above the surface.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

With NASA aiming to return to the moon by 2020, one moon-landing veteran has a suggestion. Offer astronaut intensive lessons in cross-country skiing. Harrison Schmitt told a gathering of scientists in San Francisco he found it the perfect way to get around. Even without skis, low gravity means you push off and simply glide above the surface. Schmitt did recommend astronauts to take poles for balance.

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