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House GOP: Don't grab an asteroid — let's put bases on moon and Mars

19 Jun 2013, 07:02 UTC
House GOP: Don't grab an asteroid — let's put bases on moon and Mars
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House Republican leaders want to push for outposts on the moon and Mars — and they want to push NASA's plan to snare an asteroid into the dustbin, according to a discussion draft of their space spending plan.
"It is the policy of the United States that the development of ca …

NASANASA contemplated setting up a lunar outpost like the one shown in this artwork back in 2007. Now House Republicans are reviving the idea of establishing a "sustained human presence" on the moon and Mars.By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News

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House Republican leaders want to push for outposts on the moon and Mars — and they want to push NASA's plan to snare an asteroid into the dustbin, according to a discussion draft of their space spending plan."It is the policy of the United States that the development of capabilities and technologies necessary for human missions to lunar orbit, the surface of the moon, the surface of Mars, and beyond shall be the goals of the administration's human space flight program," the GOP version of the NASA authorization bill states.One of the goals would be "to develop a sustained human presence on the ...

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