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This May 12, 2016 image provided by NASA shows the planet Mars. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the sun and Mars will be on exact opposite sides of Earth. (NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA, J. Bell - ASU, M. Wolff - Space Science Institute via AP)

Trump signed a bill to have NASA to send people to Mars. He suggested 'sending Congress.'


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.

This image made available on Feb. 15, 2017 by NASA shows an artist's concept of the launch of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule. On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, NASA said it is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket. (NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center via AP)

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."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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