Trump signs bill to send people to Mars
- Author: Douglas Reid Mar 22, 2017,
Mar 22, 2017, 0:42
Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) joined President Trump at the White House today as he signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.
The new bill adds a crewed mission to the red planet as a key NASA objective and authorizes the space agency to direct test human space flight programs that will enable more crewed exploration in deep space. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio, both of whom were in attendance for the signing.
The new NASA legislation mainly keeps the agency on the same trajectory it's been since its last authorization act in 2010, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Trump said the bill will make sure that NASA's most important and effective programmes are sustained.
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NASA's Robonauts are being placed to the test in Mars-like obstacle courses in order to pave the way for future humanoid space exploration. The bill reaffirms NASA's commitment to sending crewed missions to Mars and emphasizes commercial partnerships, including the Commercial Crew Program through which NASA hopes to start launching American astronauts into space off United States soil as soon as next year.
"We could send congress into space", he replied sheepishly.
The space agency has $19.5 billion in funding for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts this October. "It's wonderful what's going on".
"I'm delighted to sign this bill", Trump told reporters.
".We're going to be bringing together the best and the brightest in NASA and also in the private sector". It is indeed a mission that may sound like science-fiction to some people, however, in reality, tons of scientists are already working on it. In addition to funneling billions of dollars into earth science and global warming research, the former commander-in-chief once publicly blasted the idea of putting another man on the moon - famously saying, "We've been there before".