Moonstruck? Donald Trump claims the moon is 'part of Mars'

James Marshall
September 16, 2019

Trump's tweet comes after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told an audience at the International Space Development Conference in Washington that "the very first space policy directive of the President said, 'We're going to go back to the moon.' " Bridenstine said that next trip to the moon would be done "differently than we have ever done it before" because "we're going to stay".

In an article dryly datelined as being written "On Earth (of which NY is a part)", The Guardian suggested that Trump's tweet may have been "a comment on Nasa's broader plan to eventually travel to Mars from the moon".

Mars is located 140 million miles from the moon, which orbits our planet.

NASA is creating a playlist for their journey to the moon by 2024 and they have included the legendary duo Hollaphonic's song "Spaceship" to add to their playlist.

Vice President Mike Pence announced plans in April to return to the Moon by 2024 although some space experts doubt whether the deadline can be met.

Silly NASA, didn't you know Mars IS the moon?

This picture taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic first manned lunar landing, National Geographic is kicking off its Space Week programming with a two-hour doc, Apollo: Missions to the Moon.

Friday's tweet too came within minutes of NASA's Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit telling Fox News that after establishing a "sustainable presence" on the Moon, "we will, in the 2030s, be going to Mars".

President Donald Trump - person who loves himself a Twitter rant, often of the slightly unhinged and regularly falsely accusatory type - has aimed his latest one at NASA and the way it's spending its money. The space agency now has a yearly budget of $21.5 billion, or 0.49 percent of the entire United States budget.

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