Ted Cruz advocates for human space exploration

February 25, 2015 12:10 AM

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WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn't a proponent of big government programs, but on Tuesday the Tea Party Republican championed NASA's human space exploration program as a national priority that deserves congressional support.

Developing a rocket and capsule to take astronauts to Mars by the 2030s — a mission projected to cost tens of billions — is "critical" to ensuring the nation's leadership in space, Cruz said.

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