Yesterday President Trump signed a bill authorizing $19.5 billion in spending for this current budget year. This is the first authorization bill that NASA has been able to get in the last 7 years per Senator Ted Cruz, one of the Co-Sponsors of the bill. The bill also added a human exploration of Mars as an official goal of the space agency. Senator Cruz joked at the event that perhaps they could “send Congress to space”. His joke was met with laughter.