President Trump Signs S.442, The First NASA Authorization Act In Seven Years—An Important First Step To American Boots Landing On Mars

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It looks like looks like NASA’s back in the shuttle business, as President Trump has authorized for the US’s space outfit to implement a humans-on-Mars effort. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) supported funding, as the president signed in the presence of them, the bill’s authors and others—a true Oval Office moment.

[President Trump & The Gang stoked on NASA | Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]
The new NASA Authorization Act awards the space outfit $19.5 billion—that’s just for 2018’s fiscal year (maybe they’ll get more). They’re to use this to package a “crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.” NASA now has a lot on its plate, as they are to “extend human presence, including potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving, space economy in the 21st Century.”

NASA now has a lot on its plate, as they are to “extend human presence, including potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving, space economy in the 21st Century.” And they better deliver—they got a little more than originally planned ($19.1 billion).

But hey, let’s just take a moment to be proud our country’s doing something amazing…

[Video: courtesy of The White House]
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