Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

U.S. is going to Mars 'very soon'

U.S. is going to Mars 'very soon'

Well, it's finally happened: Donald Trump has floated the idea of a military arm in space.

"We'll be sending something lovely to Mars in the near future and we're going to areas that nobody thought possible at least this quickly", he explained.

"It's really what we're already doing but giving elevated status to the mission", American University space expert Howard McCurdy said of Trump's proposal.

In no time, social media was mocking the president's comment and, of course, began spewing out memes. "We may even have a space force".

The only thing better than its glorious dated theme song is that the 30-minute program co-starred a young, dashing Fred Willard as Capt. Thomas Woods.

"So think of that, Space Force", Trump continued. "We are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous".

"My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea", Trump said.

Republican congressman Mike Rogers, who proposed the idea, argued that the Air Force was prioritising its fighter jets over space, and a dedicated service was needed to stay ahead of China and Russian Federation in what was described as the next frontier of warfare.

He said some people may argue that a space force would "compromise the sanctity of considering space to be off limits from warfare".

While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race.

Republican Representative Mike Rogers told a February 28 conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that a separate space corps could be carved out from the air force within "three to five years".

McCurdy, O'Keefe and others said any space force would probably consist of cadets on the ground operating robotic systems in space. "We should learn from our mistakes on Earth and keep space peaceful".

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