USA Today reports:
To the moon? Nope, President Donald Trump says. Trump tweeted Friday that NASA should forget about going back to the moon and should focus on other things, like Mars. Trump’s comments came one day after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency won’t be able to meet a 2024 deadline to land astronauts on the moon unless Congress approves the Trump administration’s request for an additional $1.6 billion in next year’s budget.
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
Mars has its own moons. They’re called Phobos and Deimos. But the moon that Trump refers to orbits the Earth and has nothing to do with Mars other than being part of our solar system.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 7, 2019
TIL the moon is part of Mars.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 7, 2019
— MoonPie (@MoonPie) June 7, 2019
Technically the the moon and Mars are separate parts of the same sound stage.
— Josiah Neeley 🤔 (@jneeley78) June 7, 2019
As JFK famously said, “We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it is Mars"
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) June 7, 2019
Really hoping it’s a clear sky tonight so I can get a picture of the moon, caption it with “Wow, look at Mars tonight!” and collect those sweet, sweet topical likes.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 7, 2019
You know, I thought the moon as a part of mars thing was just some funny Twitter shit but nope, nope, nuh-uh, satire and parody is way the fuck dead.
RIP, satire and parody.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) June 7, 2019
Moon is part of Mars is going to lead to moon truthers and Qanon people joining forces pic.twitter.com/faIakE0rs6
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 7, 2019
OFFICIAL DNC STATEMENT:
The moon is not part of Mars.
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) June 7, 2019