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What’s the Future of NASA Under Trump?

(Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

Florian Martin, Houston Public Media

(Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, including landing a person on Mars.

But wasn't NASA already doing that? Does the bill really change anything, and does it change anything about the space agency's funding to fulfill such a mandate?

We take a look at what the bill means for NASA and the prospects for the agency under the Trump Administration with Eric Berger, senior space editor at Ars Technica.

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