Donald Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Donald Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Donald Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Namely, after the Apollo landings delivered a solid U.S. victory in the Cold War, human exploration has no longer aligned with the strategic national interest. "We'll refocus American space program on human exploration and discovery", Trump said.

Funding for the agency has dropped from almost 4.5% of the federal budget in 1966 to less than 0.5% today.

One advantage Trump has over his predecessors is an array of private companies investing in space exploration beyond low-earth orbit.

Instead, Obama had said that the United States should send astronauts to an asteroid. And George W. Bush did so in 2004, with the Vision for Space Exploration. We congratulate the Trump administration on its bold vision and commitment to American leadership in space.

The elder President Bush announces the Space Exploration Initiative in 1989 to return to the Moon and go to Mars.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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Space Policy Directive 1 says the NASA administrator should "lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and worldwide partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities". Presumably, those details will be worked out in the coming months, during future meetings of the National Space Council and in concert with NASA, which is still awaiting Senate confirmation of a new administrator. "Now the question is whether the White House will propose and the Congress appropriate the funds needed to turn the words into reality", Logsdon says. He noted that there are "a lot of people that want to help [NASA]" reach those goals, including global space partners and commercial space partners in the U.S.

Status quo: This seems the most likely scenario, because it offers the path of least resistance. But the directive serves as an official rejection of the Obama administration's more open-ended space policy, putting the focus squarely back on the moon in the near term. This probably won't happen until the latter half of the 2020s. The big winners here would be contractors who support NASA's existing exploration plans, particularly Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Even though much is being said about Donald Trump and how accusations of sexual misconduct against him could lead to his impeachment, the U.S. president seems unfazed and has been going around fulfilling his presidential duties. The company has already been hauling cargo to and from the station for NASA. But, right now, those activities are beyond the scope of NASA's existing budget. But unless he backs that executive order with money, NASA isn't going anywhere. But, in all likelihood, the political will doesn't exist to push such a radically commercial program through Congress.

The policy was inspired by a unanimous recommendation from the National Space Council, which the White House says Trump revived after 24 years.

Space policy is not made overnight.

Exactly how to get to Mars, however, is subject to debate within the space community. "This administration's dedication to space is a refreshing change from the past eight years".

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