"As JFK famously said, "We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it is Mars, '" 'Daily Show" employee Jason O. Gilbert joked. So, the somewhat confusing latter part of the president's tweet - calling the moon a part of Mars - may be a reference to the horizon goal laid out in SPD-1.
President Trump shows off a new national space policy directive he signed December 11, 2018 at the White House, putting NASA's focus on returning astronauts to the moon as a precursor to eventual Mars flights. "They'll detached be exciting regarding the primary greater issues we're doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is an component), Defense and Science!" He said the agency could do better than that since "we did that 50 years ago". But also, let's not act like that's the biggest problem here. At the time he said the mission to Mars would establish eventual travel to that planet.
Space enthusiasts were in for a shock when Donald Trump tweeted that the moon is a part of Mars and schooled National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) that it should scrap its lunar mission. This interpretation seems at odds with what comes across as a downplaying of NASA's moon mission.
As part of the budget increase, the administration said it would begin efforts to send the first woman to the moon, almost five decades after the last USA landing.
Shortly after Trump's tweet, both "the moon" and "NASA" became top trending topics on the site. But his off-the-cuff advice to stop talking about the moon may make things a little tricky for the witnesses at next Tuesday's congressional hearing on space science - and for Bridenstine and other NASA officials who are trying to build support for Artemis among congressional skeptics. "But this is a good amount that gets us out of the gate in a very strong fashion and sets us up for the future".
As soon as Trump tweeted, people from around the world started trolling him with witty one-liners, jokes and memes.