In the annals of American technological ingenuity, perhaps one feat stands alone: Our landing on the surface of the moon.
The moon missions marked an incredible milestone, not only for the American people, but for mankind itself. The brave astronauts who participated in these harrowing and dangerous adventures captured the imaginations of the world at large, and only six decades or so after the first automobile rolled down primitive American roads.
The expeditions themselves stand to this day as a testament to the unparalleled ingenuity of NASA, and America’s position as a world leader in science and technology.
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For decades, we have been clamoring for NASA to get back to the moon, not only for the sake of science, but to reiterate this prestigious accomplishment.
President Trump’s latest tweet, however, could put a kibosh on a return mission anytime soon.
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago,” Trump wrote in a tweet aboard Air Force One. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”
President Trump’s tweet confused many, including the folks over at Fox News who wrote:
It’s unclear what prompted Trump’s tweet and exactly what he meant when he said the Moon is a part of Mars. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.
Fox News has also reached out to NASA with a request for comment.
Perhaps influencing at least part of the tweet is Donald Trump’s hopes to create a “Space Force” to defend America from both orbital and interstellar threats.
Russia and China have both claimed to possess hypersonic rocket capabilities that could use the unimposing vastness of earth’s atmosphere to send nuclear warheads screaming down onto American soil.
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