Congress Passes First NASA Authorization Bill in FIVE YEARS That Will Fund Sending Humans to Mars

NASA One Step Closer to Mars: Congress passes first authorization bill in FIVE YEARS that includes funding for the US to put human boots on the Red Planet after establishing a presence on the Moon.

  • Congress passed legislation authorizing NASA to provide funding for the Luna-Mars program.
  • The program involves first creating a lunar base, and then sending people to Mars.
  • Both missions will use the Space Launch System and the Orion Crew Capsule.

NASA one step closer to wearing human boots Mars after Congress passed the first U.S. Space Agency clearance bill in five years that includes funding for the Artemis mission, which will not only continue on the Moon, but also fly to the Red Planet.

At 1054 pages document is the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2022”, which includes the “Luna-Mars Program” section, to be enacted 120 days after the entry into force of the law.

This includes the implementation of processes to support the construction of a lunar base and an orbital outpost, the manufacture of space suits, and the development of living quarters on Mars. However, the bill does not specify the exact amount of funds that must be transferred to NASA to make all this happen.

The last time Congress approved funding for NASA was back in 2017, which was due to the NASA Transition Authorization Act. The US space agency has received $19.5 billion in funding, most of which is for public-private partnerships with commercial space companies and has begun preparations for a mission to Mars.

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NASA goes to Mars: Congress passes a bill that would give the US space agency the means to put people on the Red Planet

The announcement was included in the Generating Beneficial Incentives for Semiconductor Manufacturing (CHIPS) program, which was passed by the House of Representatives on July 28 by a vote of 243 to 187 and includes $52 billion in funds to be split between chip manufacturing and space exploration.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released this statement Thursday after the legislation was approved: “I am incredibly pleased that Congress passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2022—the first authorization for our agency in five years.

“This act demonstrates continued bipartisan support for many of NASA’s missions, including our approach to the Moon and Mars, and the extension of US participation in the International Space Station through 2030.”

The bill notes that the program will include “a human orbital mission to Mars and a human mission to the surface,” which could mean NASA will send a team to Mars, fly around it, and then return to Earth before landing on the surface.

The bill says space fairing heroes will be launched aboard the Orion space launch system and crew capsule, which will also carry the first woman of color and man to the moon.

The bill says space fairing heroes will be launched aboard the Orion space launch system and crew capsule, which will also carry the first woman of color and man to the moon.

The document also states that the space launch system and the Orion crew capsule will be used to deliver humans to the Red Planet. Both ships will carry the first woman and person of color to the moon, which could happen by 2025.

While the bill does not specify funds for the Moon to Mars program, it does show that it gives chipmakers a way to compete with China.

Grants totaling $52 billion, as well as an investment tax credit for chip factories estimated at $24 billion, will be made available to US manufacturers over the next five years.

However, NASA is taking steps as part of its current Mars program, in which the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter are currently exploring the Martian surface.

The US space agency announced on Wednesday plans to send two more mini-helicopters to Mars in 2027 to collect samples from the Red Planet, which will be brought to Earth in 2033 and analyzed for ancient signs of life.

The new innovations take inspiration from Ingenuity, which is already on Mars but will be equipped with wheels and gripping arms to help it scoop up rocks and Martian soil.

The samples will then be collected by the Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission, which was originally intended to carry a second rover to the Red Planet. However, NASA is enjoying success and believes that a look into the Martian sky will be a great addition to the search.