There might be a potential chaos regarding the election and choosing the man to sit on the chair, but the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a bipartisan bill stating that their core mission is to send men to Mars. We've already seen them training Macaques for the mission.
According to the bill, NASA will be given $19.5 billion to continue working on the mission that will take our fellow men to the second smallest planet in the Solar System, and it will be as early as 2018. Yes, you read that right. They are being flooded with funds to send astronauts on private rockets to the ISS (International Space Station) from the American soil.
Let's know more in detail.
The bill is still to be passed as a whole, ofcourse but it includes an overall authorization level of $19.58 billion for the fiscal year 2017. While Obama was in a favor of $19 billion, it seems like the change in the authorisation committee will see a subsequent change in the fund too.
The official goal is to send crewed missions to the planet in the next 25 years. It is a sake for exploration, exploration of life there at the planet.
- $4.5 billion on exploration
- $5 billion for space operations
- $5.4 billion for science.
All we've got to wait is for the Senate to pass the bill.
We hope to see the sunrise on Mars.