Trump wants U.S. astronauts back to the moon - and someday Mars

12 December, 2017, 18:29 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The elder President Bush announces the Space Exploration Initiative in 1989 to return to the Moon and go to Mars

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.

President Trump has signed Space Policy Directive 1, which states that NASA must go back to the Moon and eventually send astronauts to Mars as well.

Mr Trump revived the National Space Council in July to advise and help implement his space policy with exploration as a national priority.

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Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, the last living astronaut who was a part of the Apollo 17 mission, was also present at the ceremony.

"Nasa looks forward to supporting the president's directive strategically aligning our work to return humans to the moon, travel to Mars and opening the deeper solar system beyond", he said in a statement.


In a release noting highlights of the administration's space policy, the White House said Trump would "create incentives for private industry" to assist in pursuing its goals of exploration and the development of new technology.

"We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond", he added. No American astronaut has been to the moon since 1972, and the agency has more recently focused on near-Earth missions. However, Space Policy Directive 1 is now only an empty order without the funds to back it up.

The new USA drive comes as China in June said it was making "preliminary" preparations to send a man to the moon.

Past presidents, including George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, also proposed new missions to the moon and Mars, but budget constraints hindered their plans. It is known that Pence too, in the past, has expressed interest in human lunar missions and had also spoken about how the moon was the foundation to build and strengthen worldwide partnerships.

"Imagine the possibilities waiting in those big, lovely stars if we dare to dream big, and that's what our country is doing again".

Under the directive, the government is also expected to work closely with other nations and private industry.

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