President Trump today signed into law a bill which adds the exploration of Mars as a NASA objective, according to the Associated Press.

The new law also approves of $19.5 billion in space agency funding for the 2018 budget year, which starts Oct. 1.

Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorizes $19.1 billion for the space agency in 2018, down slightly from this year.

The new law changed current law to add human exploration of Mars as one of NASA's goals. It also instructs NASA to conduct human space flight programs to help humans to explore Mars and other destinations.

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