NASA To Build Houses On Mars

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NASA to build astronaut homes on the surface of Mars after Congress approve budget

Congress have approved a budget that will allow NASA to build homes on the surface of Mars by 2018.

The agency’s budget has been increased by adding $1.3 billion in 2016, which will allow NASA to build a space habitat for future astronauts on the red planet. reports:

According to Popular Science, Congress has directed NASA to use $55 million if its $19.3 billion budget to begin the habitat.

NASA has 180 days from December 18, the day it was awarded the funding, to produce a status report on the program to Congress.

Congress has given NASA until 2018 to build a livable prototype.

The agency’s biggest challenges in creating the habitat include protecting astronauts from radiation and crafting a light-weight territory.

NASA hopes to begin testing the habitat between the Earth and moon by the 2020s and to conduct crewed missions to Mars by the 2030s.