EXPLORE THE FINAL FRONTIER
As an airline pilot and true aerospace enthusiast, America's exploration of the final frontier is near and dear to me. It's clear that America is falling behind in the second space race. China is poised to have its own space station and has recently placed a rover on Mars. The United States needs to accelerate its ambitions for space. This can be done in a way that has limited taxpayer burden.
1. Set a FIRM date for the first manned mission to Mars (2035 or sooner)
2. Sell ''space bonds'' to finance a public-private partnership between NASA and multiple US-based private spaceflight companies for the express purpose of a mission to Mars
3. Commit and expand NASA resources for a manned mission to Mars, using the Artemis lunar program as an incubator for technologies to be used for a manned mission to Mars
4. Direct greater portions of federal student aid grants to STEM fields at universities and technical studies at vocational schools directly applicable to a manned mission to Mars, with a stipulation that grant recipients obtain employment in the public or private sector helping the manned mission to Mars within three years of graduation
5. Offer complete loan forgiveness for students who take out federally subsidized student loans for STEM fields at universities and technical studies at vocational schools directly applicable to a manned mission to Mars, with a stipulation that grant recipients obtain employment in the public or private sector helping the manned mission to Mars within three years of graduation
To this day, the United States is the only nation to have ever put human beings on another celestial body and return them safely. A manned mission to Mars will offer a plethora of economic benefits to the United States including high paying jobs in the engineering, manufacturing and assembly fields and untold advancements in aerospace technologies that can be used for further space exploration, space tourism, national defense, interplanetary transport and more. It will further cement our standing as a world superpower dedicated to the advancement of mankind in God's image, and will establish the United States' ability to control the tempo on the exploration and ultimate colonization of Mars. Lastly, it will demonstrate the extraordinary capability of the United States' to finance ambitious projects with limited taxpayer burden through bond sales to individual and institutional investors.