Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding If They Could Send A Manned Flight To Mars During His First Term

The Hill reports:

President Trump in 2017 offered unlimited funding to NASA to send a manned flight to Mars, according to an upcoming book.

Prior to a phone call with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson from the Oval Office in April 2017, Trump pressed Robert Lightfoot Jr., then the acting NASA administrator, for NASA’s plans for Mars, New York Magazine reported Tuesday, citing an advance copy of Cliff Sims’s upcoming book “Team of Vipers.”

“Is there any way we could do it by the end of my first term?” Trump reportedly asked Lightfoot, who explained to the president that NASA planned to try a manned spaceflight by the 2030s and that there were logistical challenges of doing so before then.

That’s just the recap. The full story is well worth the LOLs.