Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

Focus on Mars, Not Moon — Trump Slams NASA

Trump claims Moon ‘is a part’ of Mars in cryptic space tweet Trump Seems To Think The Moon Is Part Of Mars?
Sandra Phillips | 08 June, 2019, 05:08

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that NASA should stop talking about going back to the Moon, which caused confusion since his administration aims to restart Moon landings by 2024.

Trump also tweeted previously about going "back to the Moon".

Flip-flopping a mere three weeks after declaring his administration's intention to stage of a revival of the moon landing, Trump declared that NASA should focus on "Mars (of which the moon is part)". Those plans stem directly from a Trump administration Space Policy Directive 1 the president signed in late 2017.

SPD-1 directs NASA to establish a long-term, sustainable presence on and around the moon, and to use the experience gained in this effort to reach the ultimate human-spaceflight destination: Mars.

Trump's tweet was an about-face from a post on May 13 in which he expressed great pride in sending NASA back to the moon.

"I don't think he's too much aware of Mars", Collins opined of Trump. While on Friday he attacked people at the space agency celebrating their upcoming return to the moon, suggesting "they should be focused on much bigger things", less than a month ago he was celebrating it.

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Does Trump mean that the moon is part of the MISSION to Mars, and is simply unable to communicate effectively in the English language? This interpretation seems at odds with what comes across as a downplaying of NASA's moon mission.

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"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. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said NASA's other missions won't be affected, but a top NASA official said in meetings this week that they might. "But this is a good amount that gets us out of the gate in a very strong fashion and sets us up for the future".

CNN's Haley Bird pointed out that the president's statement, despite its awkward phrasing, may refer to "the fact that NASA's plans for Mars exploration deeply involve the Moon".

There are probably some frantic emails flying between NASA headquarters and the White House right now.

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