Nasa to send astronauts to the moon again: Trump administration
We will Reunite NASA astronauts to the Moon — not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation: Pence
Mike Pence (Photo:Wikipedia)
The Trump government will direct NASA to land people on the Moon and establish presence on the lunar surface before sending astronauts to the Red Earth and beyond, US Vice President Mike Pence has stated.
Pence made the administration’s intentions known in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, as well as a speech he gave during the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council — a recently resurrected executive group aimed at guiding the US space agenda, The Verge reported on Thursday.
“We will return NASA astronauts to the Moon — not only to depart from footprints and flags, but to build the foundation, We Have to send Americans to Mars and beyond,” he told reporters in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Pence made it clear that space is a federal priority, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot explained in a statement following the very first meeting of the Council.
“The vice president also announced a call for renewed US leadership in area – having a recommendation to the president that NASA help shape and lead the way ahead,” Lightfoot said.
“Especially, NASA was directed to develop a strategy for an advanced and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and global partners to enable human expansion across the solar system, returning individuals to the Moon for longterm exploration and utilization, followed by individual assignments to Mars and other destinations,” Lightfoot added.
The Council acknowledged that the strategic importance of cis-lunar area — the region round the Moon — that will function as a proving ground for assignments to Mars and beyond, Lightfoot added.