Congressional Bills Set NASA’s Long-Term Goals
The bills require a strategic plan for NASA to work its way up to Mars, including missions to cis-lunar space – that’s the area between the Earth and the moon.
The legislation requires the use of NASA’s new rocket system and capsule, the SLS and Orion, to lead exploration into deep space.
Another bill, filed by central Florida Republican Congressman Bill Posey, calls for a return to the moon and the development of a sustained human presence on the lunar surface.
The bills are making their ways through committee in each of the chambers. Congress is responsible for funding NASA’s budget each year.
NASA is currently without a permanent administrator as President Obama’s appointee stepped down after the Trump administration took over, and President Trump has yet to name a new administrator.
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