|Senator Bill Nelson was also a NASA Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle Columbia's STS-61-C mission from January 12 to 18, 1986.|
The Senate is not giving NASA money just for the sake of exploration. It is also a challenge, a mandate, actually. The bill requires that NASA make it an official goal to send crewed missions to Mars in the next 25 years.
|NASA's budget vs. federal budget|
The Senate is not giving more money. The NASA' budget will stay about the same as before, about 0.5 % of the United States federal budget. They are just giving more orders at this time. The NASA funding reached its peak during the Apollo era 1966, almost 4.5 % of the federal budget.
/1/ "It’s Official: We’re Going to Mars" - http://futurism.com
* * *