President Trump Signs Cruz-Nelson NASA Authorization Act Of 2017, Funds Mars Exploration

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At a signing ceremony in the White House on Tuesday, President Trump signed a new law authorizing almost $20 billion in funding for the space agency for the 2018 budget year. For the first time the bill includes money to develop human exploration of Mars as one of NASA's objectives.

He signed the bills in the Oval Office, surrounded by astronauts and bill sponsors, including Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

"This is the first time in seven years we've had a NASA authorization bill, thank you, Mr. President, for signing it," Sen. Cruz said.

"I just am happy to represent Florida, who continues to do more for NASA than Texas," Rubio joked back to the Texas senator.

"We have commercial companies going to and from the international space station, and we have NASA going out and exploring the heavens -- We're going to Mars," bill co-sponsor Sen. Bill Nelson said.

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