Trump Slams NASA: Focus on Mars, Not Moon

Olive Hawkins
June 9, 2019

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that NASA should stop talking about going back to the Moon, which caused confusion since his administration aims to restart Moon landings by 2024.

At least that's what he meant to say.

But hours after Trump's tweet, Bridenstine tweeted from his own verified account, saying "As @POTUS said, @NASA is using the Moon to send humans to Mars!" Internet users commented on the tweet explaining to the President how Mars and Moon are different from each other and the former can not be a part of the later.

However, in May, Trump had said that they are restoring NASA to greatness and going back to Moon before Mars. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said NASA's other missions won't be affected, but a top NASA official said in meetings this week that they might.

While Trump was most likely tweeting in response to the Fox segment, the clumsy phrasing of his tweet still prompted copious jokes and memes from the Twitterverse.

CNN's Brian Stelter noted Trump has been focused on going back to the moon for some time.

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President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted out a mysterious Mars comment that has social media users blasting off their best jokes. "Right now, @MarsCuriosity and @NASAInSight are on Mars and will soon be joined by the Mars 2020 rover and the Mars helicopter". He cast the mission as part of a new space race against superpowers such as Russian Federation and China, which landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon earlier this year.

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 United States landing.

"We can return American citizens astronauts to the moon, no longer easiest to head away in the aid of footprints and flags however to manufacture the muse we desire to ship American citizens to Mars and beyond", Pence acknowledged on the October 2017 inaugural meeting of the council, which Trump revived.

This picture taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya.

Silly NASA, didn't you know Mars IS the moon?

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