It was only a couple of months ago that Donald Trump sent Mike Pence to deliver a directive to NASA, publicly commanding the space agency to return crewed missions to the moon within the next five years
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NASA' s lunar lander was just rediscovered after being lost in space for 50 years
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For all the money we're spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They will be focused on the much bigger things we do, including Mars (1964), Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
The obvious joke about the moon being a part of Mars aside, Trump just straight up says NASA should not be talking about going to the moon … despite the fact that that's exactly what his administration told NASA to do. Now, Trump-appointed NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has finally addressed the concerns, and it comes out exactly how you'd expect.
Speaking to a crowd at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Bridenstine basically waves his hand at the suggestion that anything is amiss with NASA's Moon 2024 plans. Bridenstine claimed that White House's support for missions to the Moon has not changed, and that's all a big misconception about NASA's CFO appearing on a "business news program." The explanation is at 25:10 in the video above.
"Some people have tried to read more into this than there is," Bridenstine claims. "But here's the thing: We're going to Mars, the moon is a waypoint."
Bridenstine then emphasized the need for NASA to learn how to live and work on another world before venturing all the way to a neighboring planet, which makes the Moon the perfect testbed for a variety of new technologies
So, there you have it. The president tweeted that NASA should shut up about the moon because of the news anchor "got bogged down" in how much money we're spending to get there.
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