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.”