President Trump signed a bill Tuesday locking in funding for NASA and asking the agency to create a plan for a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), gives NASA $19.5 billion for fiscal year 2018.
It also requires NASA to find ways to "extend human presence, including potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving space economy in the 21st century."
Trump celebrated the signing on Twitter.
The $19.5 billion is a slight increase over the $19.1 Trump's budget proposal originally allocated for the agency.
During the bill signing, Trump joked about "sending Congress to space."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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