Jackson, who died in 2005, was the space agency's first Black female engineer.
“If my 11-year-old daughter has her way, we’ll have a woman on Mars in the not-too-distant future,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also announced that a female astronaut will likely be the next person to go to the moon.
The mission brings the U.S. a step closer to once again sending its own astronauts to space.
He said humans are contributing in a "major way" to climate change after years of refusing to acknowledge that fact.
The space agency is seeking "commercial partners" as it drops work on a rover designed to extract resources for a human moon colony.
The senator voted to confirm a NASA administrator he initially opposed.
The senator added another historic first to her already impressive record.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) will take over control of the space agency after seven-month standoff.
One senator called nominee Jim Bridenstine's behavior "as extreme as any" he'd seen in Washington.