The President is following the hopes and dreams of Americans who lived through the breathtaking Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, as he did – and want to see America lead in space exploration. The obvious goals are the moon – and if possible, Mars.
No president has been more serious-minded about space, or more determined to fulfill promises made – and this president has made a few. No president has been bolder, and in no sector more bold than in space. First, the White House Space Council, then the Space Force, more recently a commitment to beat competitors in space marketing, pushing “Buy America” and then going back to the moon by 2024.
Now comes the zinger .. In Japan, the President went beyond elevated NASA and Space Force budgets, beyond the moon return promise and the DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Challenge. He put his eyes on Mars, creating an interplanetary bridge between idealism and realism, wishes and outcomes, promise and practice. More specifically, President Trump went beyond hoping American launch companies win in near-Earth and racing to deep space.
He expressly pledged, standing beside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the United States will be “going to Mars very soon,” and asked international cooperation. He said, “Japan will join our mission to send U.S. astronauts to space, and added that “nothing is more important now than space.”
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