Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

Marie Harrington
December 12, 2017

US President Donald Trump has signed a directive calling on NASA to return astronauts to the moon, something he said could eventually pave the way for human exploration of Mars.

At Monday's event, Pence applauded the president's order, saying that "signing the space policy directive" it will ensure "America will lead in space once again".

Even though much is being said about Donald Trump and how accusations of sexual misconduct against him could lead to his impeachment, the United States president seems unfazed and has been going around fulfilling his presidential duties.

Vice President Mike Pence has spearheaded the administration's space policy and was on hand for the signing of the directive.

"The President listened to the National Space Council's recommendations and he will change our nation's human spaceflight policy to help America become the driving force for the space industry, gain new knowledge from the cosmos, and spur incredible technology", Hogan continued.

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

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.

Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House
Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

"This is a giant step toward that inspiring future", Mr. Trump said.

"We are the leader and we're going to stay the leader", Trump said.

Earlier this year, China said it was making initial preparations to send crewed missions to the Moon.

"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", said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot in a statement.

In approving the new policy, Mr Trump abandoned what had been a goal of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who in 2010 backed a plan to send humans to a near-Earth asteroid.

Only 12 men have set foot on the Moon - all have been Americans.

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

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