President Donald Trump, who last month ordered NASA to go back to the moon, was seemingly swayed by a Fox Business segment on Friday, tweeting shortly after that the space exploration agency "should NOT" be moon-bound and focus instead on "much bigger things".
While many people have joked that the president said that the Moon is part of the red planet, it's likely (judging by his May tweet) that he meant going to the Moon would be part of the process in heading to the red planet.
Turned out there was a possible explanation for the freaky tweet.
Unsatisfied with just denying earth science and condemning humanity to an unlivable future because of climate change, Donald Trump has set his sights on the solar system, saying dumb stuff about the moon and Mars that you wouldn't accept from somebody over the age of six.
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"It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years", Vice President Mike Pence declared in March as the administration shortened the timeline for the moon return, directing NASA to shoot for 2024. This interpretation seems at odds with his apparent newfound dislike of NASA's moon mission. "It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use".
President Trump shows off a new national space policy directive he signed December 11, 2018 at the White House, putting NASA's focus on returning astronauts to the moon as a precursor to eventual Mars flights.
Late last month, Trump announced he was adding $1.6 billion to NASA's budget "so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!"
The budget increase was on top of the initial $21 billion budget request from NASA to accelerate the return to the lunar surface.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the additional money represented "a down payment on NASA's efforts to land humans on the moon by 2024".