Wednesday, 19 June, 2019


The President Is Suddenly Very Mad About the Moon?

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Kristine Garrett | 10 June, 2019, 08:29

US President Donald Trump is no longer happy with the direction Nasa is going in.

Speaking at a screening of Apollo 11 closing month, Pence emphasized that it's "the coverage of the U.S. that we are going to return to the moon interior the following 5 years, and the predominant girl and the following man on the moon shall be an American".

While Trump's tweet on Moon being a part of Mars is unclear, he was talking about NASA's space exploration project, Moon to Mars, of which moon is a part.

"We're not going to leave flags and footprints and then come home to not go back for another 50 years", he said.

Instead, Trump framed the moon program - unveiled by Vice President Mike Pence amid much fanfare less than three months ago - as being merely part of a bigger push to Mars.

Trump tweeted on Friday criticizing NASA for its new mission to take astronauts back on the moon by 2024.

Either way, Trump's sudden criticism of NASA's plans to get to the moon again contradict what he tweeted on May 13 in which he said his administration was "restoring NASA to greatness".

The confidence of Trump's assurance that the moon is somehow "part" of Mars is remarkable. And perhaps it might have been quietly nodded at and scrolled past, had Trump not both contradicted himself just weeks earlier, but also made some hilarious gaffes in the rest of the tweet.

The tweet had stargazers scratching their heads, as the Moon is not a part of Mars, and the tweet contradicted the president's previous statements about his plans to send humans back to the moon.

"I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!" he said.

As part of the budget increase, the administration said it would begin efforts to send the first woman to the moon, almost five decades after the last United States landing.

Mars acquires the Moon and a satellite to be named later from Earth in exchange for Phobos, Deimos, and an asteroid.

So why has Trump soured on returning to the moon?

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