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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 21, 20175min421

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner wants to explore Mars. Maybe not in person, but the Republican authored an amendment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act, a bill sponsored by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and passed by the full Senate Friday, Feb. 17, that indicates an interest. Gardner's amendment calls on the space agency to develop a plan to reach Mars with specific timelines and benchmarks, so Congress can hold the agency accountable and provide oversight.