Elon Musk Faults The New NASA Bill

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has slammed Donald Trump's NASA bill on Twitter after a user suggested that Musk's space exploration project stands to benefit.

Adam Widmer | Mar 23, 2017

   

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has slammed Donald Trump's NASA bill on Twitter after a user suggested that Musk's space exploration project stands to benefit.

Kara Swisher, the cofounder of the of technology news website Recode, claimed that President Trump's decision to grant NASA $19.5 billion in funding would leave Musk 'smiling.'

"I am not. This bill changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing. Existing programs stay in place, and there is no added funding for Mars," Musk replied.

Musk, whose company Space X is planning its mission to the red planet, added that perhaps there would be a bill that makes a difference for Mars, but the current one does not do that.

Trump's funding bill was signed on Tuesday and is the first of its kind to pass through the United States Congress in six years.

The law says that manned missions to space, including to Mars, will be the spaces agency's primary goal in the decades to come.

According to the law, which was adopted by a rare unanimous vote in the Senate and House of Representatives, NASA will focus on the goal of sending a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.

The law also emphasizes the importance of Orion, the deep space capsule. The capsule is under development, and its aim is to carry humans further into space than any spaceship ever has.

The capsule will be launched atop the 'Space Launch System' (SLS), which NASA has described as the most powerful rocket ever built.

 

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