Palazzo to push mission to moon

Congress may be focused on cutting money these days, but Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo is still reaching for the moon.

Palazzo says space exploration is important to the economy and a matter of national security.

“A lot of Americans don’t know we (aren’t going) back to the moon… but that is a goal,” said Palazzo, who heads a key space committee in the House. “That is a short-term goal, and a long-term goal is going to Mars.’’

He said it is important to national security that the country have a “presence in space and access to space that is American access, not paid for through the Russians or other countries.”

Hattiesburg American