Enlarge / Stuart Smalley is here to help with daily affirmations of SLS. (credit: Aurich Lawson | SNL)

There is a curious section in the new congressional reauthorization bill for NASA that concerns the agency’s large Space Launch System rocket.

The section is titled “Reaffirmation of the Space Launch System,” and in it Congress asserts its commitment to a flight rate of twice per year for the rocket. The reauthorization legislation, which cleared a House committee on Wednesday, also said NASA should identify other customers for the rocket.

“The Administrator shall assess the demand for the Space Launch System by entities other than NASA and shall break out such demand according to the relevant Federal agency or nongovernment sector,” the legislation states.

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