President Trump announces that the US will send a manned mission to the Moon and Mars
Marking the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 landing, the US president has approved a new space program for the country.
But let’s face it, it’s not like we didn’t know that already.
Before handing over the office to Mr. Trump, former US President Barack Obama said that humans should land on Mars by 2030.
In an op-ed for CNN the former US President said that the ultimate goal is to make it possible for people to stay for a longer period of time on the surface of our neighboring planet.
“Getting to Mars will need continued coöperation between government and private innovators, and we’re already well on our way. Within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station,” Obama wrote.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses with the American flag on the surface of the moon in July 1969. CREDIT: NASA
Earlier this year, Vice president Mike Pence revealed that the Trump administration wants NASA to send humans back to the lunar surface ASAP:
“We will return NASA 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.”
Now, Marking the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 landing reassured that the US will definitely be going to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
Now, Mr. Trump has signed the Space Policy Directive 1, according to which NASA must send a manned mission back to the surface of the Moon and then to Mars.
The signing of the new order coincides with the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 17, the last time humans landed on the Moon.
Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, works at the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the first Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. CREDIT: NASA/David R. Scott
During the event, Mr. Trump declared that the directive will re-establish US leadership in space, create jobs and improve US national security.
The new space policy directive directs NASA to “lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually to Mars.”
According to Trump, the directive marks an important step “for the exploration and long-term use” of Earth’s satellite.
“It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use,” Trump said during the signing. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint. We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and, perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond.”
The announcement by the US leader is part of the White House plan to end Russia’s dependence on manned launches, triggered by the cancellation of NASA’s space shuttle program 6 years ago, says CNBC.