The moon is… part of Mars? Social media thrown off by Trump's NASA tweet



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The moon is… part of Mars? Social media thrown off by Trump’s NASA tweet

Twitter reacts to Trump’s tweet on Friday, demanding that NASA focus on ventures more ambitious than going to the moon again.

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NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, on the new lunar program ‘Artemis’. It will face a funding fight this year that could affect the 2024 timeline. USA TODAY

President Donald Trump said NASA should focus on landing on Mars rather than going to the moon in a Friday Tweet. But the tweet left many social media users confused.

“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago,” he wrote. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

The comments came one day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency would be unable to meet the 2024 deadline to put astronauts on the moon unless Congress approves Trump’s request for additional funding. 

But it was the way Trump worded the tweet that fanned the flames of Twitter, where the idea of the president believing the moon was part of the planet Mars took hold. 

Though the President’s intent is not specifically known, planned NASA explorations of the moon and Mars are interconnected as part of the Moon to Mars initiative. NASA’s moon mission offers an opportunity to test “new tools, instruments and equipment” for future Mars exploration.

Nevertheless, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions on Trump’s NASA commentary. 

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