President Trump ordered the NASA agency to send the astronauts to the moon for the first time – alluding to his belief that landing on the moon in 1969 – libelous
Trump told the space agency that he wanted to steal the US flag on the Moon’s surface and also establish a presence on Mars.
“This time, not only will we fake our flag and leave our mark, we will set the foundations for a possible mission to Mars and, perhaps one day, to many worlds beyond our solar system,” the speaker said in a speech.
On the president’s side, this week, he signed a “Space Policy Directive 1” on Monday, with Apollo 17 astronaut missions. Harrison Schmitt, one of the last two men who ever walked on the moon, a mission that happened 45 years ago.
From that time, no man has been daring to ride off the Earth’s orbit. NASA does not even have its own spacecraft after it has retired the Space shuttle in 2011.
Why did it do this with the only spacecraft that the American astronauts could send to the universe?
Americans are currently flying to the International Space Station in Russian capsules, although private space taxis are expected to be introduced next year.
For the time being, the ultimate goal of human exploration in the universe remains Mars.
“This time not only will we plant our flag and leave our mark, we will set the foundations for a possible mission to Mars and, perhaps one day, to other worlds outside the solar system,” Trump said.
Exactly how to get to Mars is, however, the subject of debate within the space community.
Many see the Moon as the best springboard, including US republic Jim Bridenstine, who is Trump’s choice for NASA’s chief of staff.
In general, the first approach to the Moon Flight policy by Trump’s Administration clearly articulated Vice-President Pence at a meeting of the National Space Council in October.
That is why John Logsdon, historian at George Washington University, said the announcement on Monday did not come as a surprise. “The question now is whether the White House will propose Congress to approve the appropriate funds needed to implement the word into reality,” says Logsdon.
Indeed, actually getting funding for achieving ambitious presidential plans is a multi-year problem for NASA.
But when the committee reviewed the human space program in 2009, there was a disparity between the scope of the program and the money available to support the program. Research beyond the low Earth’s orbit was not feasible without billions of dollars of funding.
The question arises whereby billions of dollars came to finance their monthly missions in 1969 and beyond?
Moreover, many worried that NASA would remain in the gray moon’s dust and would never move to the Red Planet.
That is why the Obama administration shifted the focus from the Moon to a “flexible path” that will target new destinations, such as asteroids, to make the astronauts travel further into the deep universe. A little too illogical, for a “simple” landing on the moon.
But the asteroid mission proved much more difficult than expected. Eventually, NASA has suggested that with the aid of a robot, they take part of the asteroid and put it in orbit around the moon, where the astronauts would study the space rock.
The so-called “Asteroid Redirection Mission” has not received very enthusiastic support from the space community and congress.
NASA has recently worked on plans for something called the “Deep Space Gateway,” which is set in orbit around the moon.
And according to the Order of the Congress, the space agency has begun building a new giant rocket and a deep space capsule. The car should have its first test flight in 2019, when it will send a capsule without a human crew to the Moon’s orbit before returning to Earth.
But why not with a human crew when they were already on the Moon a few times and walked there?
Officials at Trump’s Administration have asked NASA to consider putting a man on that flight, but NASA eventually dropped it. The first mission with human beings on NASA’s aircraft should take place by 2022.
After US President Donald Tramp has signed a directive that the United States should fly to the Moon and Mars, the famous Russian foreign political commentator Alexei Pushkov publicly asked the question:
“So how will the Moon come when I can not reach the International Space Station without Russian rocket engines?” (Sean Adl-Tabatabai, YNW)
The return of the astronaut to the moon was a plan under President George W. Bush, who called for the establishment of a base for the moon and the establishment of a human presence.