Setting Our Sights on Mars

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 01/16/2018

In March of last year, President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017into law. This bill includes language from the MANIFEST Act, a bill I introduced along with Representative John Culberson in the House that requires NASA to develop plans for the future of U.S. human space exploration and sets the goal of eventually landing an astronaut on Mars.

By requiring a strategic plan from NASA, this law will help focus existing resources towards achieving a long-term plan for U.S. space exploration. The NASA Transition Authorization Act reaffirms our nation’s longstanding commitment to advancing science and exploring the expansive universe around us.

Photo from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows purple-hued rocks on the lower Mount Sharp.
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With President Trump recently announcing a new program to send American astronauts back to the moon, I am confident that Mars will be well within reach.

Texas has and will continue to be at the forefront of human space exploration, and I want to thank Senator Cruz and the members of the Texas congressional delegation who fought for this legislation, as well as President Trump for signing it into law.

With this law in place, I have no doubt that humanity will continue to explore the vast ocean of stars surrounding our planet.