The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 appropriates $19.5 billion to the agency, but comes with a few mandates. One of those being- get humans to Mars by the 2030’s.
In a joint effort by both the House and Senate, the bill provides a map for developing more infrastructure and capabilities. Hopefully this sentiment will be expounded upon in the coming years as well, with gaining support and funding to strengthen our space programs. Of particular note, NASA’s spinoffs have been a justification for sound investment in space exploration, including popular and profitable consumer products that directly come from mission research and development.
Space exploration has been the pinnacle of the modern era, and returning to a more hopeful, innovative time is very refreshing.
Still, the bill will require the signature of the President to go into full effect.