Donald Trump wants United States return to moon, sets no deadlines for Nasa

Camille Francis
December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration has made overtures about sending American astronauts back to the Moon.

"We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond", Pence said at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council Oct. 5 at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

During a 2016 campaign event near NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, Trump had pledged to "free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistical agency for low Earth-orbit activities" and "instead refocus on space exploration", CNN reported.

President Trump wants to send man to Mars.


Harrison Schmitt, an astronaut on Apollo 17, stood by the president while he signed Space Policy Directive 1.

'We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond'.

"[The move] marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration", he said.

Chad Morris signed, sealed and soon to be delivered
He won consecutive state titles at Lake Travis and also was the head coach at Stephenville, Bay City, Elysian Fields and Eustace. Before getting to the collegiate level, Morris compiled a 169-38 career record as a high school coach in the state of Texas.

He added, "This is a giant step toward that inspiring future and toward reclaiming America's proud destiny in space and space has so much to do with so many other applications including a military application".

Nasa said in a statement that the new policy would scrap its mission to send humans to an asteroid. Schmitt was one of the last two people to walk on the moon.

"I don't think simply an order to Nasa is going to do anything unless it is accompanied by a notable increase of Nasa's budget, and by notable I mean a doubling or a tripling or a quadrupling of Nasa's budget", Caceres said.

Currently, Boeing is the main contractor for NASA's Space Launch System, working alongside United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK, and Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop the SLS system which aims to launch rockets into deep space using NASA's new Orion spacecraft. Musk, 46, served on Trump's early advisory councils until June, when he parted ways with the administration over Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

In 2009, then president Barack Obama deemed it too costly and repetitive of missions already achieved, and canceled the program in order to focus on reaching Mars by the 2030s.

No human has been on the Moon since Apollo 17 in December 1972.

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