(WASHINGTON) -- Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and NASA Administrator Charles Holden announced on Wednesday that NASA has selected its new deep space system.
Holden describes the decision as one that will “take American astronauts further into space than any nation has gone before and create jobs right here at home.”
The new plan was authorized under the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and plans to keep the International Space Station running until 2020, using rockets to transport crews and supplies to space.
These rockets are estimated to cost around 10 billion dollars, plus an additional six billion for the capsule and two billion to upgrade the launch pad facilities.
Nelson emphasized that these rockets are much safer due to the location of the crew at the top of the rocket and an additional escape mechanism that could be used in case of an explosion.
NASA expressed hope that these rockets will also be able to send satellites, realize plans for human missions to an asteroid and Mars, as well as extend activities at the International Space Station.
Nelson also described the desire for space exploration as an innate American characteristic.
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