By Andrew Ference and Ryan J. Reilly | 11:15 a.m.
EDTWASHINGTON — A plan to put a “stargat” in the center of the U.S. Capitol complex that can view the skies above Washington, D.C., has been pushed back a few weeks after some members of Congress raised concerns.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would authorize the project.
The House passed its own bill, and the House Appropriations Committee will hold a markup on the measure Thursday.
The Senate Finance Committee will vote on the legislation this week.
The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote on a resolution on Friday on a U.K. proposal to build a “space station.”
The U.B.I. is the project’s primary contractor, but the space agency, the European Space Agency and other countries are also vying for the project, which is considered the first such project of its kind in the world.
A Senate subcommittee last month asked NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the UB.
A., the European space agency and others for input on the project as they prepare to formally submit their proposals to the U!n.
for a $500 million grant to help pay for the structure.
The subcommittee’s report said that the funding could be used to construct the facility for two years.
The U!s Space and Technology Committee and NASA’s Space Technology and Applications Office have said the funding would cover all operating costs for the telescope and its software.
The bill does not provide a specific timeline for construction of the telescope.
The space agency has said it will be ready for launch in 2022.
The project was first floated in October as a potential candidate for a U!ns space station.
The project, called a “stratospheric observatory” or S-1, has been delayed several times because of concerns that the project would not be able to capture the vast amount of light from the sun.
The S-5, or “Starman,” has been proposed as a possible replacement for the S-4, the Space Launch System, which was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the earth.
But it has faced numerous delays due to cost overruns and technical issues.