Donald Trump Signs Bill Authorizing NASA Budget, Mars Exploration

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President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Tuesday that authorizes $19.5 billion in NASA funding for the 2018 budget year and adds human exploration of Mars as an agency objective, The Associated Press reports.

Trump signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act as astronauts and the bill?s sponsors, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), looked on. The new law allows NASA to redouble its deep space exploration efforts and develop a manned mission to Mars. 

The Trump administration released a preliminary budget last week that proposed a $19.1 billion budget for the space agency next year, down $200 million from the current year.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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