As the nation approaches the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing of Apollo 11, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claimed that humans had probably already ventured to Mars if there had not been "political risk".
Bridenstine appeared on CBS ' Face The Nation on Sunday to discuss NASA's space science plan, including the return to the Moon and then to Mars in the coming years.
The administrator also shed light on what he believed were the reasons why the space program in the many years since NASA's lunar missions had been prevented from returning to the Moon and landing humans on Mars. Since December 1972, when the crew of Apollo 1
"There are two risks, there is a technical and a political risk, we would be on the moon now Without the political risk, we would now be on Mars without the political risk," said Bridenstine, adding that the funding space program is also a problem.
In the past, in the 1990s and early 2000s, we made every effort to return to the Moon and Mars, and in any case the program was too long. It took too long and too much money, "he continued." What the President said to reduce the political risk, let's go faster. We want to go within five years. The vice president sent a message to the National Space Council and he said we want to return to the moon within five years. Then they changed the president's budget request to get the necessary resources to make that happen. "
Although President Donald Trump has recently criticized NASA's desire to return to the moon in a message on Twitter, the president said the department should focus on bringing people to Mars to send. Bridenstine insisted that the former real estate mogul and NASA were now on the same page regarding mission plans. He also revealed Trump's goal of putting an American flag on the Red Planet.
"I talked to him after this tweet, I wanted to make sure we were in line – we definitely are, he understands and, indeed, he said to me," I know, we have to to the moon to get to Mars, "but he said," What is this generational achievement that will inspire all Americans? It brings an American flag to Mars. "He said," Make sure you're committed to the flag on Mars, "Bridenstine said.