This bill gives the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) permission to use its $18 billion-dollar budget. The programs this legislation approves include:
-Development for a program to send humans to Mars, and a program to launch a probe to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.
- Continued development of the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018, which would search for new planets and objects that could collide with Earth.
- The creation of a commercial system for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station.
- Authorizes a new aeronautics testing program that would include new regulations for air traffic safety and unmanned aircrafts (drones).
- Increased institutional oversight and transparency.