President Trump prompts state of confusion over space policy with tweet
Jun 10 2019
Speaking in April, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said "this time, when we go to the Moon, we're actually going to stay". "They must be centered on the remarkable bigger things we're doing, at the side of Mars (of which the Moon is a half), Protection and Science!"
At the end of his first year as president, Trump authorized NASA to "lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".
Trump's tweet was an about-face from a post on May 13 in which he expressed great pride in sending NASA back to the moon. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond".
President Donald Trump sparked a Twitter uproar on Friday with a confusingly-phrased tweet that initially gave the impression he believed the moon was part of Mars.
Meanwhile, Trump had last month announced that he was adding $1.6 billion to NASA's budget "so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!" NASA has been energized by the lunar return mission, but the price now seems a possible threat to other NASA programs.
The leading theory is that a collision between Earth and a planet-sized entity, many years ago, resulted in debris that eventually became the moon.