Once Again, NASA Shoots for the Moon

* Fly me to the moon!

The head of NASA, the nation's space agency, announced more details yesterday of the government's plans to send men and women to the moon in the next 13 to 15 years.

NASA will spend about $104 billion to create a new generation of space vehicles to take people to the moon and back. Last year, President Bush announced his goal of sending astronauts back to the moon by 2020. The last moon mission (Apollo 17) was in December 1972.

The new lunar vehicle would take the place of the space shuttle, which is set to be retired five years from now.

The new space vehicle design uses shuttlelike rocket parts and an Apollo-style capsule and lander to carry four people to the moon.

Hurricane Update

* Just as some people were starting to move back into their homes in New Orleans, Louisiana, they've been told to leave again.

That's because Tropical Storm Rita, moving west from the Atlantic Ocean into the Gulf of Mexico, could become a hurricane. The storm appears headed toward Texas, but weather forecasters say Louisiana could be affected by the storm.

One giant leap: NASA plans to send people back to the moon by 2020.