US President Donald Trump has announced a further $ 1.6 billion for NASA to fund America's return to space "on a grand scale", with the Moon and Mars as targets.
"We restore NASA to its size and return to the moon, then to Mars." Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon, adding that the US funding would allow "to return to space a GREAT WAY!"
Under my administration, we post @NASA back to size and return to the Moon and then to Mars, I am updating my budget by an additional $ 1.6 billion so that we can return to space in a BIG way!
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
The US currently has no ships capable of orbiting astronauts, let alone the Moon or any other planet It was canceled in 2011 and NASA has since relied on travel to the International Space Station in Russia.
Plans for manned launches with the SpaceX capsule Crew Dragon hit a bump after the vessel swam Details of the incident are still unknown, as NASA and SpaceX reportedly worked hard to suppress any disclosure of information to the public. Testing Grounds – Media
Trump's space ambitions Administration have been in progress for some time. Vice President Mike Pence recently announced plans to build a lunar orbit station by 2024 to bring US astronauts to the moon.
Last week, Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos suggested working with his space company Blue Origin to allow NASA to meet this deadline. In the meantime, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has enthusiastically talked about the prospect of setting up a base on the moon and colonizing Mars – with his rockets, of course.
Trump's interest in space was also not entirely civil. After spending months upholding the idea of a "space force" to defend US national interests in orbit and beyond, the president signed a decree in February as a US Air Force subsidiary rather than a separate military division. International treaties dating back to the 1960s prohibit arms extraction in space, but the Trump administration has suspended numerous contracts over the last two years.
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