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President Trump Wants Americans to Land Mars in 2030s, Signs $19.5B Bill To Fund It

By Charlie Monforte | Mar 23, 2017 10:35 AM EDT

As early as now, fasten your belt, no, by your babies as by age they can be picked as the lucky passengers of the U.S. spaceship that would be launched by the 2030s off to Mars. That is compliments of President Trump who signed Tuesday the bill allocating $19.5 billion to fund the U.S. quest to Mars. With it, the Space Launch System rocket, the most powerful rocket ever, will be constructed for Americans to first step on Mars.

The rationale of the quest for Mars is coached in scientific language. The bill specifically listed that NASA should be a multi-mission space agency and would have core missions in space technology, space science, aeronautics, human space flight and exploration, and education. The phrase  space "flight and exploration" is the key to go farther to space, to Mars which would now be so possible due to the support of President Trump.

President Trump said on the bill that the U.S. government has long been not able to reaffirm the national commitment to the core mission of NASA, human space exploration, and space science and technology. The bill in line with the vision of having NASA focus to on deep space exploration rather than Earth. It specifically listed that NASA "should be a multi-mission space agency and should have a balanced and robust set of core missions in space science, space technology, aeronautics, human space flight and exploration, and education."

But Houston Press report says that Trump has remained "not terribly interested in exploring outer space. When Representative John Culberson of Houston told Trump the President last week that he would be known as the "father of the interplanetary highway system," Trump responded that though the title "sounds exciting... (but) first we want to fix our highways. We're going to fix our highways." The report added that Trump values NASA only because of its great employment multiplier.

The bill that Trump signed is an authorization bill.  It provides a new way for the agency to get astronauts into orbit and the plan to go to Mars. The plan started during the Obama administration. The measure specifically supported the use of the International Space Station through at least 2024, along with private sector companies partnering with NASA to deliver cargo and experiments, among other steps. 

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