President Trump signs bill to fund NASA programs

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President Donald Trump signed a $19.9 billion bill Tuesday along with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Senator Bill Nelson to fund NASA programs.

“For almost six decades NASA’s work has inspired millions and millions of Americans to imagine distant worlds and a better future right here on Earth,” President Trump said. “I am delighted to sign this bill – it’s been a long time since a bill like this has been signed - reaffirming our national commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science and technology. With this legislation we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery.”

The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 authorized deep space exploration, with a human exploration to Mars in 2033. The measure also extends the International Space Station through at least 2024.

“I am grateful for the President’s action today which will restore stability and certainty to NASA and the future of the U.S. space program,” Sen. Cruz said. “Space exploration has fostered extraordinary economic growth and job creation for the State of Texas and the entire nation. Drafted and passed in a bipartisan manner, this legislation enables commercial space ventures to flourish and ensures NASA has the clarity of purpose and confidence it needs to continue to grow and improve upon what it does best: lead the world in space exploration. By charting an ambitious course for the manned exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond, this legislation champions America’s leadership in space, and ensures the Johnson Space Center remains the crown jewel of NASA’s human spaceflight missions. I am grateful for my colleagues’ dedication to the future of our nation’s leadership in space, and commend the President for signing this legislation into law.”

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