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Congress Provides NASA Funding To Build a Space Habitat for Astronauts on Mars

Congress wants NASA to build a space habitat for astronauts on Mars in 2 years after adding to the agency's budget. (NASA) Congress wants NASA to build a space habitat for astronauts on Mars in 2 years after adding to the agency's budget. (NASA)

Congress wants NASA to have a mission to Mars by increasing the agency’s budget by adding $1.3 billion next year in order to build a space habitat on Mars for future astronauts.

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According to Popular Science, Congress has directed NASA to use $55 million if its $19.3 billion budget to begin the habitat.

NASA has 180 days from December 18, the day it was awarded the funding, to produce a status report on the program to Congress.

Congress has given NASA until 2018 to build a livable prototype.

The agency’s biggest challenges in creating the habitat include protecting astronauts from radiation and crafting a light-weight territory.

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NASA hopes to begin testing the habitat between the Earth and moon by the 2020s and to conduct crewed missions to Mars by the 2030s.

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