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The Citizen Lobbyists Gunning for a Trip to Mars

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But 59 year-old Gary Fisher, a retired software engineer from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, has a mission: to convince lawmakers that going to Mars is both possible and affordable—if they d just give NASA a little more money.

asked Mo Brooks, a Republican representative from Alabama whose congressional district includes NASA s Huntsville Space Flight Center but who, to be fair, also believes that the country could likely go bankrupt within a decade .

He likened federal spending on a Mars mission—white boots on the ground by the mid-2030s—to the federal government s investment in the airline industry during the Recession of the 1930s.

On Thursday, Weir donned a beige golf cap and wrinkled brown shirt to address congressional staffers in a Russell Office Building briefing room.

We re in a tough budget environment, no secret there, the aide said.

Last month, the House approved a $19.5 billion NASA budget, half a billion dollars more than NASA asked for overall.

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