WASHINGTON — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is looking to outer space to create new jobs for Coloradans.
As a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Gardner authored two provisions to the Senate-approved NASA Transition Authorization Act .
One provision requires NASA to develop a plan to reach Mars, including specific timelines and benchmarks.
A second amendment encourages NASA to recycle existing equipment under the possibility of servicing and refurbishing existing satellites to extend their lifespan and capabilities.
In a news release, Gardner highlighted the end goal of the provisions is to create new jobs, saying “aerospace plays a major role in Colorado’s economy, and this legislation will benefit the thousands of aerospace jobs in Colorado.”