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Trump Wants to Send Astronauts to Moon, Mars

by Countable | 12.12.17

What’s the story?

President Donald Trump has signed his first space policy directive, ordering NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon, and, eventually, Mars.

Surrounded by astronauts and dignitaries, the President said Space Policy Directive 1 would "restore American leadership in space."

Why does it matter?

As the President noted during his signing ceremony, it’s been nearly five decades since an American stepped foot on the lunar surface.

"Exactly 45 years ago, almost to the minute, Jack [Schmitt] become one of the last Americans to land on the moon," Trump said, referring to the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. "Today, we pledge that he will not be the last."

The President also hopes for a first:

"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond."

What do you think?

Should NASA focus on getting boots on the lunar ground? Or, as some have argued, should moon exploration be left to the private sector? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Ann
    12/12/2017
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    How about he goes to Mars himself.

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  • Cris
    12/12/2017
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    I agree send 45 to Mars. One way trip.

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  • Marc
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    Let’s fix earth and our society first

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  • Rob
    12/12/2017
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    Trump wants to send people to space because NASA was showing up too much data on climate change. By diverting nasa’s finances to human exploration he can stifle the missions looking in AND appeal to the public. SpaceX is the only company who may have a shot at mars before a decade is up. Not that we need more satellites to confirm human involvement is likely causing climate change, but NASA’s new satellites are going to minimize damages from CC, and should be funded, not shelved

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/12/2017
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    This must be the carrot that only 1% can see. The reason why after they have all the money and power they keep squeezing us. We toil away while the super rich plan there escape to mars or the new name TRUMP PLANET.

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  • PaxAmericana
    12/13/2017
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    Can everybody just STOP criticizing the President EVERY time he does something? Gee whiz. As for Mars, I think it’s long overdue for man to set foot there. If Obama said this, everyone would be ecstatic. But y’all are content to waste time complaining about nothing.

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  • Donna
    12/12/2017
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    The freaking tax bill making its way through committee may ultimately include an extremely dangerous provision impacting PhD students. If these students are forced to pay income tax on the tuition waiver they receive from the university, how many PhD students who really care about their field of study will we have? The only people that will be able to afford to receive a PhD are the children of the uber-rich, many of whom have no real desire to further society above themselves. How the hell do you think we are going to fulfill this insane wish without the dedication of the young people about to be screwed? Congress needs to learn they can't have it both ways. Either they support lower and middle-class Americans in their desire to better themselves and humanity or they don't. At the moment, all indications out of DC is they don't. That will be a shame for their children who will be forced to live in a never-evolving society.

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  • Warren
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    Put him on the first trip not coming back.

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/13/2017
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    Trump will probably sign an Executive Order stating that the space flights are required to be powered with either coal or oil.

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  • Marianne
    12/13/2017
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    Doesn’t that take science? Oh yeah, I forgot he cherry picks the hell out of science to serve his selfish purposes

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  • John
    12/12/2017
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    He and his family can take the first exploratory voyage maybe leave as soon as say, Next Week!

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  • Maddie
    12/13/2017
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    This is totally unnecessary. We don't need to make the world fear us and our technology. We need viable legislation and action against climate change. Launching someone into space is only going to make our carbon footprint worse. The effects are visible and if you deny them I ask you to look on NASA's very own website for the real facts.

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  • D
    12/13/2017
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    I propose that the funding be used to send the fake administration to Mars. Leave them there to live and run themselves.

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  • S
    12/12/2017
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    Put trump, Bannon, Mc Connell and Ryan in a space capsule together and shoot them to the moon and beyond. They’ll kill each other before they get there.. We have been to the moon numerous times. There’s nothing there. No life. No resources. Big waste of tax payers (er, I meant to say the middle class’s) money. This announcement was made the day before the AL election. Coincidence? Not hardly. Ala big in space program. Propaganda for Ala people to believe that a child molester is a stand up guy. The leader of sexual assault says so. Alabama is George Wallace country. —“Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.” Moore doesn’t believe in the US constitution something Wallace didn’t believe in either. Wallace wouldn’t follow the law of desegregation. .Sounds like Moore not following the law and being removed from office. He has stated that all amendments from #11 on down (which includes abolition of slavery) should be abolished. Interferes with people’s freedom he says. Bannon using Nazi style propaganda unable to his prove his allegations of collusion to keep Moore out. Trump, a man with a record of sexual assault, endorsing a pedophile..McConnell just not sure if Moore will go before Ethics Comm. Even if he does Republicans will stall and object and will take about 3 years to conclude it. Meanwhile gutting Soc Sec, Medicare, Medicaid and the middle class with Roy Boy casting his affirmative votes just as planned. . Something stinks in DC and it’s not the sewers. .

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  • Trina
    12/13/2017
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    Trip to Mars?! Really?! Total waste of money. Fix infrastructure, protect Medicare and Medicaid, don't touch my social security, protect it!

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  • NoHedges
    12/13/2017
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    Can 45 go to please? Seriously, this is all PR for the master manipulator and marketers 45's, huge defense budget price tag! No go bro, clean up your mess here before going off and raping the moon and mars' natural resources.

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  • Terry
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    It’s about time we should have never left to begin with.

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  • Michael777
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    I agree... Time to send Trump (on a one-way trip) to Mars!

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  • Sheryl
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    Trump believes in science? Psst...Doesn’t he know those moon voyages were shot in the Nevada desert?

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  • Timothy
    12/13/2017
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    Why? Has he run out of stuff to watch on TV?

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