Congress Mandates Manned Mars Mission: NASA Gets $19.5 Billion Boost
Congress has reportedly made a solid commitment to NASA's dream of sending a manned mission to Mars, by passing a bipartisan bill that authorizes a $19.5 billion budget for the American space agency. However, according to the mandate, NASA has to send a crew within the next 25 years and not later.The new bill cannot be waived by the next US President, a move which is being seen as a step from blocking the new POTUS from upheaving the US space program. "We have seen in the past the importance of predictability and stability in NASA and space exploration, (and) that whenever one has a change in administration, we have seen the chaos that can be caused by the cancellation of major programs," said Senator Ted Cruz. "The impact in terms of jobs lost, the impact in terms of money wasted has been significant."
said Senator Ted Cruz. "The impact in terms of jobs lost, the impact in terms of money wasted has been significant."
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