President Trump has officially apprised NASA to dispatch astronauts back to the moon. He vociferated that the instruction I am authenticating today will refocalize America’s space program on human research and discovery. Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt was standing at President’s side as he signed “Space Policy Directive 1” one of the last two humans to ever promenade on the moon in a mission that occurred 45 years ago this week.
Since that time no human has stepped out beyond low-Earth orbit. NASA does not even possess its own space vehicle, having retired the space shuttles in 2011. Americans at present commute to the International Space Station in Russian capsules, albeit private space taxis are assumed to commence transporting them up as early as next year. At present the eventual aim for human survey in space is Mars.
Trump said that this time around they will not only position our flag and bequeath our footprint. We will also organize a substructure for an ultimate expedition to Mars and possibly someday many worlds and beyond. The space community is yet debating how to get to Mars.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., who is Trump’s pick to head NASA, said that Moon will be the best stepping stone for the journey to Mars. The issue of stepping on the Moon first proposition being apprehended by the Trump administration was distinctly segmented by Vice President Pence at a meeting of the National Space Council in October.