Asteroid mission part of $18.5 billion NASA budget

February 2, 2015 8:27 PM

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration unveiled an $18.5 billion budget for NASA in fiscal year 2016 that would fund major science and exploration programs including a controversial plan to send astronauts to an asteroid as part of a stepping-stone approach for an eventual Mars mission.

The proposed budget is about $500 million more than what Congress approved for the current year. It's part of the $3.99 trillion spending plan President Barack Obama rolled out Monday.

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