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TrumpSpace: No Mention Of The Moon Thing But Rich Guys Pay NASA Rent

By Keith Cowing
August 16, 2019
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TrumpSpace: No Mention Of The Moon Thing But Rich Guys Pay NASA Rent

President Trump praises reusable rockets, omits Moon in space remarks, Ars Technica
“We’re investing in the future of human spaceflight,” the president said, prefacing his off-the-cuff remarks on spaceflight. “And some day soon American astronauts will plant the stars and stripes on the surface of Mars.” Trump never mentioned the Moon, or his administration’s lunar program, during this comment or in any of his subsequent remarks Thursday night. This is notable, because the signature human spaceflight initiative of his administration is the Artemis Program, an attempt to accelerate a human return to the Moon by 2024. The closest Trump came to acknowledging the Moon program was saying, “NASA has some of the greatest plans we’ve ever had. These are great people, great scientists.”
President Trump says these ‘rich guys’ are ‘paying a lot of rent’ to launch rockets, Fox Business
“You know, I hear all these rich guys, for some reason they love space. So they’re rich. I said, ‘let them send the rockets up. What the hell do we have to do it, right?'” The president explained the privatized ventures like SpaceX are working to save many of the parts from rockets Opens a New Window. by re-landing them back on Earth. “It’s almost like, what are we watching? Is this fiction?”

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