Now it has become apparent that $55 million of that increase is to allocated on research for a deep space habitat to house astronauts on Mars, SpaceNews reports.
The agency has until 2018 to create a prototype of the “habitation module,” according to Congress’s 2016 omnibus bill. NASA will also have to update Congress on its progress after 180 days working on the project.
For now, we’ll just have to use our imaginations to guess what homes on Mars could look like because NASA’s International Space Station director told Space News, it’s far too early to release any mock-ups.
➤ Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work [Space News via Popular Science]