Trump says NASA shouldn't be talking about return to Moon

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

At least that's what he meant to say.

"For the overall money we're spending, NASA may per chance also nonetheless NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago", he wrote.

Trump closing month tweeted his beefy aid for a moon mission, announcing the USA used to be going to "return to reputation in a BIG WAY!"

Many latched onto the "Mars (of which the Moon is a part)" line from the tweet.

Later, Twitter Co-founder, Ev Williams called Trump "master" of the platform, arguing the potential negative effects of the President's tweets on the country's political discourse are "trivial compared to the effect of the broader media".

Trump tweeted his support for NASA in May, saying, "Under my administration, we are restoring NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars".

There is wide speculation about Trump's latest tweet.

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"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.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a French-US ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, June 6, 2019.

NASA's Apollo program landed the first men on the moon 50 years ago on July 20.

The US government, in fact, sought a $20 billion budget to send US astronauts to the moon by 2024 under an accelerated programme, which was a key recommendation of newly appointed National Space Council led by Mike Pence.

"At the direction of the president of the United States, 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", Pence said.

"Mars is part of the moon sounds like collusion to me", tweeted former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza in response to Trump's tweet.

Pictured: Phobos, one of the moons of Mars. It's likely he was referencing NASA's longterm goal of building an outpost on the moon to make travel to Mars and beyond easier.



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