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NASA News: Donald Trump Wants The Agency To Focus On Moon Mission

By Monica U Santos , Nov 22, 2016 01:00 AM EST
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US President-elect Donald Trump wants NASA to focus on "Earth-centric climate change spending" such as sending humans to the edge of the solar system, to the moon, or Mars. Trump said that the agency doesn't need to just study on climate change, in fact, he even called it as "Chinese hoax." In addition, Donald Trump is set to cut the US space agency's budget for climate change and let it focus on sending humans on deep space exploration missions.

Donald Trump Wants NASA To Focus On Moon Mission

According to The Telegraph, Bob Walker, who has advised Mr Trump on space policy, NASA has been reduced to "a logistics agency concentrating on space station resupply and politically correct environmental monitoring". Walker is a former congressman who chaired President George W. Bush's on the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. "We would start by having a stretch goal of exploring the entire solar system by the end of the century," he added.

Under President Bush's Constellation program trip back was planned in the 2020s, but Mr Obama canceled it. However, much of the Constellation equipment will be available and receiving advice from several figures who are keen to launch a new lunar mission as a stepping stone to Mars. Therefore, there is a greater possibility that NASA will create a team for n new moon mission and a group of men could be back on the moon by the end of a second Trump term.

NASA On Climate Change Role

"NASA has been reduced to a logistics agency concentrating on space station resupply and politically correct environmental monitoring. We would start by having a stretch goal of exploring the entire solar system by the end of the century," Bob Walker said in an interview. As reported by Gadgets 360, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth Science Division received $1.92 billion in funding this year, up nearly 30 percent from the previous year.

The money for earth sciences goes to projects like the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, a constellation of eight satellites intended to monitor surface wind speed on the oceans. Speaking hours after Mr Trump's election win Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's science administrator defended the work. He said, “Nasa's work on Earth science is making a difference in people’s lives all around the world every day. Earth science helps save lives."

 

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