Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

US President Donald Trump trolled after he claims moon part of Mars

US President Donald Trump trolled after he claims moon part of Mars

Trump rarely tweets about space or NASA, leaving the agency in the hands of Pence and focusing more on its military aspects such as the creation of a "space force". "They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the moon is a part), Defense and Science", said Trump.

Bridenstine promised that the next voyage to the moon would be done "differently than we have ever done it before" because "we're going to stay".

In a confusing tweet, Trump went on to say that Moon is a part of Mars after which reactions started pouring in from all over the world.

A tweet later Friday by Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine did little to clarify the impact of Trump's tweet.

The confidence of Trump's assurance that the moon is somehow "part" of Mars is remarkable.

It's unclear whether Trump's anti-moon missive is just a passing thought, or if it might spark a change in his administration's policy to push for a NASA moon return more than 50 years after Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the satellite's surface.

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The US government, in fact, sought a $20 billion budget to send US astronauts to the moon by 2024 under an accelerated programme, which was a key recommendation of newly appointed National Space Council led by Mike Pence. This program is named Artemis, the twin sister of the Moon goddess Apollo according to Greek mythology.

Cavuto reportedly told the TV cable network that Nasa is "refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will, but didn't we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?"

Trump closing month tweeted his beefy aid for a moon mission, announcing the US used to be going to "return to reputation in a BIG WAY!"

Trump's comments about the USA manned space program reflect his desire to champion a bold new national objective as he mounts a re-election bid, while also seeking to counter the potential space weaponry capabilities of Russian Federation and China.

Twitter users on Friday also seized on Trump's new claim that the moon is part of Mars.

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