Bucking their Republican counterparts and the Obama White House, Democrats on the House Science Committee are offering an “alternative” NASA reauthorization that sets a 15-year goal of landing humans on Mars. The Democratic alternative pumps NASA spending up to $18.1 billion in fiscal 2014, and keeps it there with out-year adjustments for inflation. Funding for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) is gradually increased until it reaches $1.8 billion in fiscal 2016. Initiated under ...

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