Phases of Trump: POTUS Denounces Moon Mission He Touted Weeks Ago

Donald Trump says 'the Moon is a part of Mars' in latest tweet

President Donald Trump on Friday upended his long-stated goal of returning American astronauts to the moon by the end of a potential second term, instead saying his federal space agency should focus instead on the further reaches of space.

In a tweet, Trump criticised his own administration's space policy, firing a shot at Nasa for talking about returning to the moon.

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.

Nasa has not publicly responded to Trump's latest theory.

"For all the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago", Trump tweeted from Air Force One while returning from a visit to Europe.

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up before departing Shannon Airport Ireland.

Flip-flopping a mere three weeks after declaring his administration's intention to stage of a revival of the moon landing, Trump declared that NASA should focus on "Mars (of which the moon is part)".

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Ironically, Trump's dismissal of lunar missions as something that was done 50 years ago echoed what his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, said when he made a decision to drop the Constellation back-to-the-moon program in 2010: "We've been there before".

"I don't think he's too much aware of Mars".

NASA has organized its crewed lunar plans into a program called Artemis, which includes the construction of a small, moon-orbiting space station known as the Gateway.

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"Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars", Trump tweeted at the time.

"As JFK famously said, "We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it is Mars, '" 'Daily Show" employee Jason O. Gilbert joked. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said NASA's other missions won't be affected, but a top NASA official said in meetings this week that they might.

Um, it doesn't take a Very Stable Genius to know that THE MOON AND MARS ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!

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