Trump Adds to NASA Budget, Approves Crewed Mission to Mars

President Trump signed a law Tuesday authorizing funds for a crewed NASA mission to Mars.

"Our bill provides clear guidance for NASA and a pathway to meeting America's space exploration goals". "It's been a long time since a bill like this has been signed reaffirming our national commitment to the core mission of NASA, human space exploration, space science and technology".

"In very short order, the president will be taking action to relaunch the National Space Council, "Pence said during the signing of a NASA authorization bill".

NASA Authorization Act bill signing, Tues.

Martha Roby, Robert Aderholt, and Mo Brooks - flanked Trump in the Oval Office as he signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act, a $19.5 billion in NASA funding for the 2018 budget year and adds human exploration of Mars as an agency objective.

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Trump also praised the new high paying jobs the bill will create, as part of his plan to radically reduce unemployment.

"With this legislation, we support NASA's scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery". Considering Earth is the planet we now live on and we've done and shit job taking care of it, we should probably be grateful this vital function of NASA isn't being scrapped entirely.

The bill extends a number of important space programs, including the Hubble Telescope and the International Space Station through 2024 - and calls for a crewed mission to Mars by 2033.

In the near term, NASA plans to test its Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, in addition to visiting an asteroid and redirecting a chunk of it into orbit around the moon. "It's unbelievable what's going on", he added. "It advances space science by maintaining a balanced set of mission and activities to explore our solar system and the entire universe and it ensures that, through NASA's astronauts and aeronautics research, the United States will remain a total leader in aviation", he said. I look forward to working with the new administration to implement these policies and to restore American leadership in space.

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