NASA would be directed to plan a return to the Moon by 2022, and to develop a sustained human presence there. The purpose of the Moon base would be to promote exploration, commerce, science, and U.S. preeminence in space as a stepping stone for future exploration of Mars and other destinations.
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Space and AeronauticsCommittee on Science, Space, and TechnologyIntroducedApril 9th, 2013
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What is House Bill H.R. 1446?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1446
U.S. space exploration has been a contentious topic since NASA elected to discontinue its space shuttle program, forcing American astronauts to hitch rides into orbit with the Russians. This was suggested as a way of cutting costs to help reduce the budget deficit.
In addition to collaborating with Russia on getting American astronauts into space, NASA has seen private sector competition emerge in the form of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Orbital Sciences, among others. These companies have started making supply deliveries to the International Space Station, and eventually may deliver astronauts to the facility.
The development of these private sector space companies has been impressive, but there have been setbacks that remind us all of the dangers of space exploration. A Virgin Galactic test flight accident led to the death of one person, and the severe injury of another; while an Orbital Sciences rocket that was going to deliver 5000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station exploded on launch.