Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Donald Trump tweets that the Moon is part of Mars

Donald Trump tweets that the Moon is part of Mars

- Just three weeks after praising the idea of astronauts revisiting the moon, President Donald Trump appeared to reverse his stance on Twitter with an odd phrasing that seemed indicated the moon was part of Mars.

Trump's comment came ahead of NASA's 2024 moon mission which will carry humans around the moon for the first time after five decades. In what would otherwise be considered a welcome break from attacks on Bette Midler, rants about the Mueller report, and tweets filled with racist agitprop, Trump expressed a seemingly left-field desire to explore new frontiers in the solar system.

Is it or is it not?

President Donald Trump, on Friday, said that NASA should not be talking about Moon and focus on much bigger things including Mars.

In making the announcement NASA officials reiterated the goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024. Thus accelerated timetable was the key component of the New Space Council under Vice President Mike Pence. Hollaphonic released their single "Spaceship" in 2017 and it is now going to be featured on NASA's moon tunes playlist.

It would be challenging for NASA to talk about humans on Mars without first talking about the moon. And it could be worth reexamining his administration's request that Congress add $1.6 billion to NASA's budget for this objective (maybe Pell Grant recipients will want it back?). "I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!" he wrote on May 13.

Trump tweeted his support for NASA in May, saying, "Under my administration, we are restoring NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars". "We need to drive that innovation and complete those technologies to allow us to have a sustained presence on Mars".

Many people mocked him, pointing out that the moon is not part of Mars, while others believed he did not mean to suggest that. NASA's website also provides details that the lunar mission will be the initial point for the future Mars missions.

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