Washington, March 22: On Tuesday President Donald Trump signed a law authorizing funding for NASA and manned missions to deep space, including to Mars, would be the US space agency’s main goal. It directs NASA to manage human space flight programs to help humans explore Mars and other destinations.It's the first time in seven years that there has been an authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a chief sponsor of the bill.
Accordingly NASA will work toward the goal of “a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.” The law also highlights the importance of the deep space capsule Orion, which is under development and aims to carry humans further into space than any spaceship ever has.
Orion will be launched atop the “Space Launch System” (SLS), which the space agency has described as the most powerful rocket ever built. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) “shall continue the development of the fully integrated Space Launch System, including an upper stage needed to go beyond low-Earth orbit, in order to safely enable human space exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond over the course of the next century,” said the text.
This law reaffirms “our national commitment to the core mission of NASA,” Trump said while signing in the Oval Office surrounded by astronauts and bill sponsors, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. He saluted the “heroic role” of US astronauts over the last several decades, and called for continued partnerships between NASA and the private sector in the realm of space exploration. "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," Trump said. "I'm delighted to sign this bill. It's been a long time since a bill like this has been signed, reaffirming our commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science and technology."
Trump later wrote on Twitter that he was “honored” to sign the measure. “With this legislation, we support @NASA’s scientists, engineers, and astronauts in their pursuit of discovery!” he wrote.
Former president Barack Obama also hailed these industry-government partnerships, and said in October, just months before leaving office, that the United States had “set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth.”