Donald Trump has ordered NASA to send Americans back to the Moon for the first time in 45 years – to prepare for future trips to MARS.
The US President spoke of his grand plans to explore the galaxy as he launched a new space policy directive yesterday.
“This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at a White House ceremony.
“We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond.”
In the presence of Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon in 1972, Trump vowed “today, we pledge that he will not be the last.”
Looks like Trump is having his "Kennedy" moment. The original Gemini and Apollo programmes gave a big boost to technological progress, if Trumps purse is deep enough this could do the same.
Bush was going to get man back on the moon but Obama cancelled the programme to save money.
The announcement was welcomed by NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who said the agency is looking forward to focusing its work on “returning humans to the Moon, travel to Mars and opening the deeper solar system beyond.”
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon after Armstrong and a big advocate of future space missions, was also present at the ceremony.