Trump Vows to Make Space Exploration Great Again With Americans Astronauts on Moon By 2024

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 4:20PM
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 4:20PM
Trump Vows to Make Space Exploration Great Again With Americans Astronauts on Moon By 2024
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Vice President Mike Pence told NASA at the National Space Council that President Trump expects them to have American astronauts back on the moon's surface by 2024 as the global space race heats up, particularly with Russia and China as frontrunners in the battle to make space exploration great again. Gizmodo reports that Pence, speaking on behalf of President Trump, was unequivocal in his demands. "Let me be clear the first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts launched by American rockets from American soil," Pence told the audience at the fifth meeting of the Council in Huntsville, Alabama.







Calling the return to the moon an "all-hands mission," Pence's speech had a ring of intergalactic manifest destiny to it, indicating that the agency would use private rockets, like those built by SpaceX, if needed.






"It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years," Pence said to light applause before citing a "major course correction for NASA" represented by this lunar endeavor.


The announcement comes as the United States prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July.


According to The Space Review, the cost of these moon jaunts – manned or unmanned – based on past missions won't be cheap: each of the six Apollo lunar landings cost $18 billion in today's dollars.

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