The Washington Post:
What we are reporting here isn't fake news. But it doesn't feel exactly like real news, either. It's in that foggy realm of Trump news in which everything is slightly ambiguous and wobbly and internally inconsistent and almost certainly improvisational and not actually grounded in what you could call “government policy.”
On being told that a reasonably ambitious plan for going to Mars would get humans there in the 2030s, Trump directed NASA to speed it up and make sure it happens between 4 and 8 years from now.
You miss Trump's attempted ploy. Kennedy gets credit for the moon landing that happened when Nixon was President.
When I saw his teleconference with the astronauts, I thought: What gall! Rushing such a dangerous mission so that it can happen on his watch! He has no idea of complexity. This should not be a surprise. And of course no concern about the value of human life.
"Trump directed NASA to speed it up and make sure it happens between 4 and 8 years from now."
Of course he did - with budget cutbacks.
I would ask why we want to send people to Mars, but I know I'm in the minority on that.
mikeN -- thanks for letting us know you can make asinine comments on every topic.
"Of course he did – with budget cutbacks. "
Unless they retrofit an F22 for spaceflight....
#1: Are you implying that Nixon should have gotten credit for the Moon landing? The only reason that I can think of for that is because he didn't cut the program. But then, neither did Johnson. It seems to me that Kennedy rightly deserves credit for initiating the program and from then on NASA should get any credit for its successes.
No he shouldn't have gotten credit. What I am implying is that Trump is making this statement in hopes of getting credit himself for something that will happen decades from now.
#6: OK, that clears that up.
Johnson gets some serious credit for the moon landing as well.
If I was a betting man, which I'm not, I'd bet that SpaceX gets their first and it won't be a NASA mission.