22 September 2016
On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed a bill authorizing $19.5 billion for NASA to continue work on a future Mars mission, as well as efforts to transport astronauts on commercial rockets to the International Space Station from the US, reports USA Today. Members of the committee offered their support for the bipartisan bill, stating it is their hope “to protect long-standing priorities of the nation’s space program from the potential upheaval of an incoming administration.” According to the bill, NASA’s official goal will be to launch a crewed mission to Mars within the next 25 years. While it is unclear when the NASA funding bill will arrive on the floor of the full Senate, it is expected to pass once it does. (Image: Artist's concept of a human mission on the surface of Mars – 1989 painting by Les Bossinas of Lewis Research Center for NASA. Credit: NASA via Wikimedia Commons)
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