Sat, Apr 29, 2006
Bill Faces Opposition In Upper House
It's the fulfillment of a
dream... that, alas, may not see the light of day. Nevertheless, on
Wednesday lawmakers in Mexico City approved a bill that, if passed
by the Senate, would create a new Mexican Space Agency that
supporters hope will help bring Mexico into the international space
With an initial budget proposal of less than $2 million, it's
unlikely such a program would challenge the likes of NASA, the ESA,
or China's CNSA anytime in the foreseeable future -- but supporters
say they are looking at the long, long term potential of the
"We'd love it to become the Mexican NASA, but obviously the
levels of investment are incomparable. It's very distant, perhaps
not in the vision but in resources," a spokesman for the Mexican
Congress's Science and Technology Commission acknowledged to
Reuters. The agency drew up the proposed law.
Mexico's lower house passed the law on Wednesday. It now goes to
the upper chamber, where senators will debate the bill.
If they approve the bill, the agency could be up and running by
next year, which supporters say would help Mexico advance in areas
of science and technology.
Even they admit, however, that the bill faces an uphill battle.
Members of the National Action Party -- a minority in the lower
house, but rulers of the upper house -- voted against the proposal,
saying the money would be better spent on eradicating Mexico's
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