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Donald Trump instructed Nasa astronauts to get to Mars within his first term - or failing that, his second term, in a livestream with Peggy Whitson.
He was calling up the Space Station to congratulate astronaut Ms Whitson for her record-beating stay in Space: she's been up there for more than 534 days, which was the previous record.
Appearing to forget he had signed a bill directing Nasa to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s, Mr Trump asked: "Tell me, Mars, what do you see a timing for actually sending humans to Mars?"
Politely, Ms Whitson replied: "Well, I think as your bill directed it will be approximately in the 2030s".
Mr Trump said: "We want to do it during my first term and at worst during my second term so we want to speed that up, OK? "
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
How does he plan on doing this when most assets and attention will be on the war? It's coming and this Mars thing will be put on the backburner in favor of wartime. Hope I'm wrong.
Or, he has no idea what he's talking about. As usual.
Or he has had in depth meetings with NASA and they are on board with Trump/s timeline.
Right. All that super secret science. We don't need no stinkin' rockets! Radiation? Pfft. Easy peasy.
And the technology we know about is a sliver of what NASA has not on the drawing board, but on the launch pads.