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Trump is set to rejuvenate US space program

Posted on Monday, 21 November, 2016 | Comment icon 20 comments

NASA's manned space program is about to receive a major boost. Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The President-elect is hoping to send humans back to the Moon - and beyond - within the next few decades.
According to reports, the billionaire businessman, who controversially called climate change "a Chinese hoax" back in 2012, is hoping to refocus NASA's efforts on to much bigger goals than "space station resupply and politically correct environmental monitoring."

"We would start by having a stretch goal of exploring the entire solar system by the end of the century," said Trump's space policy adviser Bob Walker.

"You stretch your technology experts and create technologies that wouldn't otherwise be needed. I think aspirational goals are a good thing. Fifty years ago it was the ability to go to the moon."

Current NASA Adminstrator Charles Bolden is set to step down in January and his two most likely replacements, James Bridenstine and Scott Pace, are keen supporters of returning to the Moon.
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin believes that the move will also help to send humans to Mars.

"It's time for us to join international partners by helping them do what we did," he said. "Refueling of the landers on the surface of the moon is very important so we will know how to do that at Mars, and that will give us great savings. Mars is the objective and we have to reduce some of the cost."

"Americans seem to know intuitively that the destiny of a free people lies in the stars."

"Donald Trump fully agrees."

Source: Global News | Comments (20)

Tags: Moon, Trump, NASA

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Frank Merton on 22 November, 2016, 3:46
I suspect Mr. Trump has not the information nor the intelligence to understand the arguments surrounding global warming, and just went with his constituency on this.  Whatever he does will not much matter anyway, unless he lets the oil and coal companies get away with their efforts to put restraints on the growth of alternative energy sources.  This is because global warming looks to have all sorts of private technological fixes in the works.  Government mainly needs to stay out of the way.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Derek Willis on 22 November, 2016, 9:27
Should NASA have delayed sending men to the Moon until the technology reached the point where it was cheaper and less dangerous? Much of the technology of the world we live in now was inspired by the challenges of the "space race" of the 1960s.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Frank Merton on 22 November, 2016, 10:09
Good question, and to be consistent I would have to say it should have.  However, I'm kinda glad it went as it did.  At least the Russians had the good sense to accept defeat and not waste more money and risk more lives, and soon the Americans stopped too. I am very much for spending whatever needs to be spent on realistic scientific research, such as big machines and telescopes and space missions.  I just think, except for low-earth missions, human beings are too expensive, unnecessary, and too questionable morally if all we get from it is politics.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Derek Willis on 22 November, 2016, 11:09
The Soviets were great rocket engineers (I prefer the term "Soviet" because many of the great rocket engineers including Korolev and Glushko were from Ukraine and not Russia) but were hampered by their political system. It is reckoned the Soviets spent about two-thirds as much as the US on their manned-moon program but had nothing to show for it. They then developed the Buran space shuttle which made a single (and totally successful) flight in 1988 but was then scrapped. But the Soviet rocket engineers will be forever remembered for having ushered in the "Space Age" with Sputnik 1 and Yuri Gag... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 November, 2016, 13:37
Not quite true. The Russians continued with their manned lunar programme until 1976, four years after Apollo ended.
Comment icon #16 Posted by kartikg on 22 November, 2016, 13:51
to make the technology cheaper and less dangerous more funding is required. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by third_eye on 22 November, 2016, 14:55
Ain't nothing but staking the Lunar claims for a Trump Tower on the Moon .. ~
Comment icon #18 Posted by White Unicorn on 22 November, 2016, 15:32
Maybe he has plans for a Trump hotel on the moon. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by third_eye on 22 November, 2016, 15:40
I seriously doubt it will be open for the paying public or average Joes and Janes ... most likely only for fellow Trumpsters and buddies with playmates ...
Comment icon #20 Posted by Frank Merton on 23 November, 2016, 1:21
If you say so.

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