At the time he said the mission to Mars would establish eventual travel to that planet.
During a March 27 meeting with NASA managers and aerospace officials at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Pence said the Trump administration was ordering NASA to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024, four years earlier than had been planned. EST said NASA is "refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will, but didn't we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?" according to a clip shared by a senior fellow with the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America.
Dr. Eugene Gu, a surgeon and scientist specializing in pediatric heart and kidney diseases, backed up Bird in a Twitter thread of his own, predicting Trump may later claim his tweet referred to "using the moon as a staging point for a mission to Mars".
Trump rarely tweets about space or NASA, leaving the agency in the hands of Pence and focusing more on its military aspects such as the creation of a "space force".
"The Moon provides an opportunity to test new tools, instruments and equipment that could be used on Mars, including human habitats, life support systems, and technologies and practices that could help us build self-sustaining outposts away from Earth", it says. Ladies and gentlemen, that's just not good enough.More news: Gwyneth Paltrow Totally Forgot She Was in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
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Speaking in April, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said "this time, when we go to the Moon, we're actually going to stay".
Just over an hour later, Trump, an avid watcher of Fox News and Fox Business programs, tweeted, very similarly to Cavuto, "For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago".
Last month, the president said he wanted to include an additional $1.6 billion in his budget so the United States could "return to Space in a BIG WAY!" In the coming years, we will need additional funds. Bridenstine seems to be interpreting Trump's message as a push to focus on the moon as a stepping stone for reaching Mars.
There are probably some frantic emails flying between NASA headquarters and the White House right now.