Far from being someone with no interest in scientific achievement and advancement, as climate-change-obsessed liberals have claimed, President Donald Trump cared enough about the pursuit of knowledge that he signed a Senate bill Tuesday authorizing $19.5 billion worth of funding for NASA for the 2018 fiscal year.
This was half a billion more than former President Barack Obama had budgeted for NASA for the 2017 fiscal year, as reported by Universe Today in February 2016.
Dubbed S.442 and co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 contained an especially important stipulation mandating that NASA pursue a manned landing on Mars.
“The key U.S. objectives for human expansion into space shall include achieving human exploration of Mars and beyond through the prioritization of those technologies and capabilities best suited for such a mission in accordance with the stepping-stone approach to exploration specified in federal law,” the bill read.
Speaking Tuesday during the bill signing, Trump praised NASA for its role in inspiring “millions and millions of Americans to imagine distant worlds,” and reaffirmed his “commitment to the core mission of NASA: human space exploration, space science and technology,” according to ABC News.
Outstanding. This is the exact purpose for which NASA was formed in 1958. It literally says so on the agency’s webpage: “We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”
What the agency was not designed to do was waste millions in taxpayer funds studying the unproven myth of man-made climate change.
As was noted by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith two years ago in an article in The Atlantic, “There are 13 other agencies involved in climate-change research, but only one that is responsible for space exploration.”
Yet Obama frequently undermined NASA’s mission by diverting spending from space exploration to climate change, according to The Daily Caller.
“This budget takes our human spaceflight program nowhere fast,” House Subcommittee on Space Chairman Brian Babin complained during a hearing last year about Obama’s 2017 NASA budget. “This budget undermines our space program and diverts critical funding to lower-priority items.”
Thankfully, the days of battling the White House over NASA’s budgets seem to be behind us, at least for now.
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