Stop talking about going back to the Moon: Trump tells NASA

Scientists have discovered that water is being released on the Moon's surface during meteor showers

Scientists have discovered that water is being released on the Moon's surface during meteor showers

The astronauts are yet to decipher on what exactly the US President meant when he called moon as a part of the Mars, though some are aligning it with the NASA's ambitions of setting up a space outpost in the moon that will send humans to Mars.

The tweet was quick to viral on social media with people criticising the President for claiming Moon is a part of Mars.

Trump wrote that the moon is a part of Mars, which may reference NASA's view of the moon as a jumping-off point for deeper human space exploration, but that's just speculation.

"Paging VP Pence", Brian McKeon, a used Obama administration official, tweeted in accordance with Trump's tweet.

Is it or is it not?

On 13 May Trump said in a tweet: "We are going back to the moon", while in March Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was appointed by Trump, announced plans to send United States astronauts to the moon by 2024.

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That counters his administration's policy that NASA should focus on returning to the Moon for a landing in 2024. Thus accelerated timetable was the key component of the New Space Council under Vice President Mike Pence.

He said the agency could do better than that since "we did that 50 years ago". "We need to drive that innovation and complete those technologies to allow us to have a sustained presence on Mars".

Earlier Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine reiterated the stated goal of the Trump administration to make the moon the priority. He cast the mission as part of a new space race against superpowers such as Russian Federation and China, which landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon earlier this year.

1969 was when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon and now by 2024, NASA is planning to return to the moon. At the time he said the mission to Mars would establish eventual travel to that planet.

Pictured: Phobos, one of the moons of Mars.

On NASA's website, you can find more information about the "Moon to Mars" exploration program.

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