Congress finally does something right. It's time to get our asses to Mars. http://www.geek.com/science/nasa-is-expected-to-get-more-money-than-it-asked-for-in-2015-1611591/ NASA has often gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to federal budgets, but a rather fascinating thing happened when the US House of Representatives recently passed its massive $1.1 trillion spending bill. NASA’s 2015 budget actually saw an increase of 2% over 2014 levels, which is even more than the agency asked for. That means more space science is getting done next year. Under the new budget, NASA would receive a total of $18 billion. That’s $364 million more than last year. NASA requested $500 million less than that, but it will surely be happy to take the extra cash. Of course, being a Congressional spending bill, there are specific requirements for some of this money. Amazingly, though, the increased funding in certain areas didn’t come at the expense of any other space science divisions.