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Trump adds exploration of Mars to NASA's goals

By Lauren AguirreMarch 21, 2017

03/21/17

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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a bill signing ceremony as NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson (4th L) and legislators look on in the Oval Office of the White House March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that adds the exploration of Mars as a goal for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. The law also authorizes $19.5 billion in funding for the agency during the 2017 budget year, which began on October 1. Trump also recently sent Congress a proposal of $19.1 billion in funding for NASA next year. The law additionally directs NASA to manage human space flight programs to help humans explore Mars and other planets and destinations.