Trump vs NASA, Air Force One terrain, who takes it?
NASA's current push to put people on the moon in the 2020s — a push that he himself officially kicked off in December 2017 and backed with a funding increase just last month - has just now faced the ire of the world's most powerful goldfish.
NASA plans to establish a long-term, sustainable presence on and around the moon, and to use the experience gained in this effort to reach the ultimate human-spaceflight destination: Mars
Trump tweeted from aboard Air Force One while returning from D-Day commemoration in France:
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon — We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”
People hastily jumped all over social media to berate the POTUS for him saying the moon is part of Mars, when in fact he meant the Moon is part of the mission to Mars.
Just last month Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that a joint mission between the two nations to the red planet would happen "very soon".
“We’ll be going to the moon,” he said then. “We’ll be going to Mars very soon.”
“Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!”
We are yet to hear a response from NASA personnel, who usually don't say much about anything really.
How will the friction between Trump and NASA play out?
Who's side are you on?