Moonstruck? Donald Trump claims the moon is 'part of Mars'

Trump Seems To Think The Moon Is Part Of Mars?

The president continued: "They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!" "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".

President Donald Trump reeled off a Tweet Friday afternoon as mysterious as the dark side of the moon. Garbled verbiage aside, this is a marked divergence from the pro-moon stance the president tweeted just three weeks ago-a reference, Vox points out, to the White House's proposed if not well-thought out 2024 moon mission, to which both Trump and Mike Pence have paid lip service.

Donald Trump, the man in charge of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the country's Commander-in-chief, says the moon is "a part" of Mars.

"The very first space policy directive of the president said, 'we're going to go back to the moon, '" Bridenstine told the International Space Development Conference in Washington.

"As JFK famously said, "We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it is Mars, '" 'Daily Show" employee Jason O. Gilbert joked.

Trump's exact meaning was uncertain, but he may have been urging the USA space agency to put more of a focus on the voyage to Mars, with the Moon serving as just a stepping stone.

NASA has organized its crewed lunar plans into a program called Artemis, which includes the construction of a small, moon-orbiting space station known as the Gateway. Ladies and gentlemen, that's just not good enough.

"Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars, Trump tweeted on May 13".

Last month, Trump proposed giving NASA an extra $1.6 billion in 2020 to help achieve this ambitious goal. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said NASA's other missions won't be affected, but a top NASA official said in meetings this week that they might. In the coming years, we will need additional funds.

"Moon is part of Mars is going to lead to moon truthers and Qanon people joining forces", reporter Yashar Ali jokingly predicted.

NASA managers had no immediate comment on the president's latest tweet.

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