Space exploration is a bipartisan imperative that benefits all

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Space exploration and development are and have always been a bipartisan initiative that is vitally important to America. Today, space impacts every facet of 21st century life. Business, governance, security, education, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, communication and many other sectors all rely on space-based infrastructure and technology. These in turn rely on government programs in space exploration and science.There is strong bipartisan support for the path that NASA is on. The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the Orion crewed spacecraft, the James Webb Space Telescope, robotic missions to distant worlds and the continuing human presence on the International Space Station have created an evolving foundation for a new age of science, exploration and commerce. We explore outward to discover inward. Over the decades, investments in NASA research have unlocked the secrets of the universe and, in the process, have improved life on Earth. ADVERTISEMENTFor example, we have conducted missions to every planet in our solar system and examined many of their moons. “Water worlds” such as Europa and Enceladus, Mars with its large salty seas below the surface, and exoplanets, can teach us about water cycles on distant worlds as well as our own. In turn, the knowledge we …

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