Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
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Trump claims the moon is part of Mars

Trump claims the moon is part of Mars

President Donald Trump, on Friday, said that NASA should not be talking about Moon and focus on much bigger things including Mars.

In that same tweet where he called out NASA, he suggested what they should be doing, saying "They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing".

At least that's what he meant to say.

Trump on Friday denounced NASA's moon mission of taking humans by 2024 and urged to focus on even bigger initiatives like going to Mars.

The first man was landed in the moon 50 years ago in the month of June 20 by Apollo mission.

Trump's moon tweet was just one of a series of outbursts on subjects ranging from immigration and trade to congressional investigations, and he soon moved on to hailing the stock market's performance this week (after a series of downward-trending weeks).

It would be challenging for NASA to talk about humans on Mars without first talking about the moon.


Beneath my Administration, we're restoring @NASA to greatness and we're going aid to the Moon, then Mars.

The tweet had stargazers scratching their heads, as the Moon is not a part of Mars, and the tweet contradicted the president's previous statements about his plans to send humans back to the moon.

Trump's feedback came at some point after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine acknowledged the agency is presumably no longer ready to satisfy a 2024 closing date to land astronauts on the moon unless Congress approves the Trump administration's quiz for an additional $1.6 billion in subsequent year's finances.

The accelerated timetable for going to the moon was a key recommendation in March of the new National Space Council led by Vice President Mike Pence. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond".

Mars acquires the Moon and a satellite to be named later from Earth in exchange for Phobos, Deimos, and an asteroid.

Shortly after Trump's tweet, both "the moon" and "NASA" became top trending topics on the site.

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