For the first time ever, a manned mission to mars has been mandated by law.
U.S. Congress has authorized a new budget of $19.5 billion for a manned mission to Mars within the next 25 years. The bill also blocks the incoming US president from up heaving the space program.
Money will be delegated for different components of the mission:
Nasa is to have an unmanned crew mission underway in 2018 and a manned mission in 2021.