Speaking on behalf of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to put American astronauts on stage “within the next five years” at the fifth National Space Council meeting on Tuesday.
He declared a penny that the current estimates, saying that American astronauts would not walk on the Moon until 2028, were not good enough. “In a language echoing the feelings of the Cold War, he said that we were again in a space race against Russia and China's“ opponents ”.
President Trump announced the Space Policy Directive 1, calling on NASA to return astronauts to the Moon, in December 2017. Frustrated with the lack of a definite plan, as well as overspends and delays in the Space Launch budget, Pence announced that NASA should try to reach the Moon in any necessary way, even if it means using rockets and cleaners built by private companies.
The penny referred a few reasons to go to the Moon – although the biggest is essentially because Americans should be the best, and China has successfully launched its series of Chang centers including its lander to the far side of the Moon . He also referred to perceptions of water that would be permanently caught in the polar pages of the Moon. A last man walked on the Moon in 1972.
“Let me be clear the first girl and the next man on the moon will be the American astronauts launched by American rockets of American soil,” said Pence.
He chaired the penny of the fifth meeting of the National Space Council, a group which was restored in 2017 by Trump. The council unites the interests of groups working on commercial, scientific and national security space operations from a policy perspective.
It is important to note that a return to the Moon will be expensive – one suggested $ 104 billion in 2005, or nearly $ 135 billion today. Estimates are calculated that Apollo trips cost $ 120 billion in dollars today. NASA's Congress allocated $ 21.5 billion, more than $ 19.9 billion asked, in 2019. NASA's proposed NASA budget includes cuts to scientific programs such as WFIRST's telescope and NASA STEM Engagement Office, but our offer over $ 300 million funding for laer development.
The question shows what this will mean for the future of NASA, and what else will be de-funded in order to return people to the Moon. As Pence said, if things were difficult, the president intends to “change the organization, not the mission.”