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#1 2017-11-02 20:43:21

Registered: 2017-09-20
Posts: 350

Will The Trump Administration Change Course And Go To Mars?

The following is an excerpt from my Mars paper:


  Is Donald Trump a firm supporter of human space exploration beyond the Moon and is he well versed on NASA’s activities and space travel in general?   Perhaps if NASA proposed building a Mars wall with Trump’s name emblazoned on it to keep out Chinese Mars explorers he might come around.  Trump is illiterate on space travel matters.

Trump asked astronaut Peggy Whitson when would it be possible for NASA to send humans to Mars.   Whitson told Trump that a NASA human expedition to Mars might be possible in the 2030’s.   Trump responded:   Well, try and do it during my first term, or at worst during my second term so we’ll have to speed that up a little, OK?”

Trump announced his executive order reestablishing the National Space Council with one of our favorite astronauts and a member of the Mars Society Steering Committee at his side, Buzz Aldrin.   During this news conference Trump explained to Buzz Aldrin,  in a listen and learn moment, that “space” was vital to the success of the Apollo Moon landings.   You see, without space, you can’t have space travel!

Trump informed Aldrin that “At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say, how did we do it, go to the Moon, without space?”   Trump than asked Buzz:   “There’s a lot of room out there right?:   Aldrin replied:  “To infinity and beyond.”   Working his brain in overdrive Trump took the conversation to the next scientific level exclaiming:  “This is infinity here.  It could be infinity.  We don’t really know.   But it could be!  It has to be something …. but it could be infinity, right?”


In recognition of Trumps understanding of and appreciation of scientific endeavors an organization involved in the study of our planet granted Trump honorary membership in their society earlier this year. 

John Davis, the Secretary of the Society publicly announced:   “Universities have a history of granting honorary degrees to men of great significance.   Therefore I’m suggesting that this Society make Donald J. Trump a lifetime honorary member of the Zetetic Council of the Flat Earth Society.

In response a member of the Flat Earth Society commented on their discussion board:   “I totally agree.   I think that Trump has the qualities needed to be a flattie.”   Another Flat Earth member chimed in:   “Perhaps someone should propose a flat Earth curriculum be taught at Trump University”.

Last edited by EdwardHeisler (2017-11-02 20:44:17)


#2 2017-11-05 11:12:31

GW Johnson
From: McGregor, Texas USA
Registered: 2011-12-04
Posts: 4,858

Re: Will The Trump Administration Change Course And Go To Mars?

I think the nomination of Bridenstine as NASA administrator means 3 things:  (1) partial destruction of NASA's research efforts in climate change,  (2) less funding and cooperation with new space ,  and much more funding of old space,  and (3) NASA gives up on men-to-Mars for our lifetimes in favor of a return to the moon,  starting with that "Gateway" space station,  which is the only beyond-LEO location that SLS/Orion can really reach.

So, NO,  I don't think the Trump administration will support going to Mars.  They may talk like they will,  but they will do nothing. 


GW Johnson
McGregor,  Texas

"There is nothing as expensive as a dead crew,  especially one dead from a bad management decision"


#3 2017-11-05 16:43:38

From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 25,960

Re: Will The Trump Administration Change Course And Go To Mars?

Trump passed the buck to Pence and the National Space council.. so not expecting anything more unless its to do with money coming from the administration....
Sadly Mars may be bumped unless Space x can do it by shaming Nasa by getting to the moon first....


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