Nasa bill aims to send people to Mars
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) goal.
The new law also authorises US$19.5 billion (RM86.3 billion) in space agency funding for the 2018 budget year, which starts on Oct 1.
Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorises US$19.1 billion for the space agency next year, down slightly from the current year.
The new law amends current law to add human exploration of Mars as one of Nasa’s objectives. It also directs the agency to manage human space flight programmes to help humans to explore Mars and other destinations.
Trump signed the bill on Tuesday in the Oval Office surrounded by astronauts and bill sponsors, including Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Both senators challenged Trump during the presidential campaign. AP