Trump signs legislation to continue NASA funding

Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 8:39 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - President Donald Trump signed bi-partisan legislation into law Tuesday to continue funding NASA.

The $19.5 billion in funding includes key policy provisions supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

Earlier this month, the House and Senate finalized NASA re-authorization legislation that sustains critical funding for the space program, including the Mission to Mars and the Space Launch System, which is managed from Marshall Space Flight Center.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby was at the bill signing ceremony in the Oval Office. Roby serves on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee that is responsible for NASA funding.

"Alabamians are proud of the key role NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville plays in the space program. This bill will ensure important NASA exploration efforts are authorized and properly funded for in 2017, including the Mission to Mars," Roby said.

Among the policy provisions included are designating the Mission to Mars as the nation's primary long-term exploration goal and identifying the Space Launch System as the deep space vehicle. The bill also calls on NASA to submit a detailed plan for how deep space exploration by astronauts will proceed.

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