Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) authored a provision included in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 to further our understanding of how to successfully launch a human space flight mission to Mars by 2033. Section 435 of the bill requires NASA to report on the technical and budgetary requirements for a human space flight mission to Mars in the year 2033 utilizing the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle – two projects essential to the future of deep space missions.
“NASA has been working on the Journey to Mars for several years, but we currently lack focus and conviction for this mission,” said Perlmutter. “We need a firm timeline and plan to put the building blocks in place. If we set a goal and work together, we can get our astronauts to Mars by 2033.”
Since joining the Science, Space & Technology Committee, Perlmutter has worked to secure a long-term plan from NASA to ensure it has the authority, funding and resources necessary to send humans to Mars by 2033. Earth and Mars will be in an orbit and alignment in 2033 to provide the optimal scenario to more safely get our astronauts to Mars and back.
“I have seen what we can accomplish when we put the best and brightest in a room together. I look forward to working together to provide the necessary resources to solve tough scientific, engineering and mathematical problems to better our society and our understanding of the solar system and beyond. This includes dozens of Colorado aerospace companies and research institutions which will help us reach the next frontier of deep space exploration,” continued Perlmutter.
The NASA Transition Authorization Act unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 7, 2017. The legislation passed the Senate on February 17, 2017 and now heads to the President’s desk for signature. To watch Perlmutter’s full remarks on the House floor, click here.