U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson still has high hopes for the space program, even though the shuttle era has ended. The Florida Democrat also believes that NASA will become a huge employer in Florida again during the next 10 to 20 years when the agency resumes exploration.
During a brief interview with Florida’s online political blog the Shark Tank
, Nelson predicted that NASA would attempt a manned mission to Mars — and pursue other manned missions as well — once a safer and more capable spacecraft is developed.
The agency is still alive and well overall and ready to tackle new challenges, said Nelson, who once flew on the space shuttle.
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