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Trump signs bill pushing for crewed SA mission to Mars

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, March 22: US President Dold Trump on Tuesday signed a bill into law that set a goal for the country’s space agency SA to send humans to Mars by 2033. The bill, known as the SA Transition Authorization Act, authorised $19.5 billion budget in spending for SA for the fiscal year 2017, Xinhua reported. The bill reaffirmed “our tiol commitment to the core mission of SA,” Trump said, according to a pool report.
“It supports SA’s deep space exploration including the space launch system and the Orion spacecraft ... It advances space science by maintaining a balanced set of mission and activities to explore our solar system and the entire universe.”
Under the bill, SA was directed to further advance human deep space exploration, including establishing “potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving space economy in the 21st Century.”
It also ordered the agency to develop a human exploration roadmap for “the long-term goal of human missions near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s” and specifically asked for a feasibility study of a Mars human spaceflight mission to be launched in 2033.
Last week, the Trump administration proposed a budget that would reduce SA’s fiscal year 2018 budget to 19.1 billion dollars. (IANS)

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