Sen. Cory Gardner believes Mars might be answer to local jobs

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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.”