WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate’s space subcommittee says he’s working with colleagues on a “bold” new NASA authorization bill to direct the future of the agency’s human spaceflight program.
In his opening statement at a July 9 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee on the past and future of NASA’s human spaceflight programs, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said a new NASA authorization bill, yet to be introduced, would build upon a 2017 bill that called for human exploration of Mars.
“The next 50 years have the potential to be even more consequential than the last,” he said, stating that was why he was working with committee leadership “on yet another NASA authorization act to help continue to lay out a bold, visionary agenda for NASA and manned space exploration so that America continues to lead the world in exploring space.”
Cruz didn’t go into details about what the bill would contain, or when it would be introduced, but suggested it would support the administration’s current efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 as a step towards human missions to Mars, but also support commercial space activities. “We need a bold vision,” he said. “A ...