22Jan2017

Mars Missions Could Accelerate Under Trump Admin.

Donald Trump has already expressed his interest in Mars mission. In meetings with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of Space X, Trump apparently discussed possible Mars exploration partnerships.

Trump reportedly discussed public-private partnerships with the Tesla CEO at the alleged meeting, fueling speculation that the two may partner on a future Mars mission. This news comes courtesy the Washington Post which cites reliable sources.

“He met at least once with Trump and, we’re reliably told, discussed Mars and public-private partnerships,” reported the publication.

The Mars Mission

SpaceX’s Musk has already thought about a Mars exploration and his dreams of building a colony on the planet are no secret. It is anticipated that Space X could launch the first human journey to Mars as early as 2024. Musk has been vocal about colonizing the Red Planet and envisions people residing on Mars in the next 40 to 100 years.

“What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible – make it seem as though it’s something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go,” Musk has said in the past. According to the latest report, the Trump administration could possibly look to “insert a mission to the lunar surface, probably international in character, as a step on the way to Mars.”

Interestingly, both Musk and President Trump differ in their political views. Musk’s ambitious proposal incorporates his wish to build a fleet of huge spaceships which could take a considerable number of people during a particular period to Mars.

The Moon Mission

Trump has also spoke at a length about the Apollo program and how the incident brought the country together in the 1960s with historian Douglas Brinkley. According to sources, Trump has shown interest in John F. Kennedy’s earlier assertion of sending a human mission to the moon’s surface.

Brinkley also noted that the U.S. remains the only country to put a human mission on the moon, as well as sending a mission to Mars. However, Trump is expected to not bring any specific proposal regarding the mission to the Red Planet as that could evoke controversies and unwanted media coverage pertaining to the mission’s budget.  Douglas also shared that Trump may not talk about his space missions during his inaugural discourse.

“He might say something vague and morale-building about the moonshot in his inaugural, but if he got into something specific, that would seem to me a late-spring kind of thing,” he said. It is highly likely that the Republicans and the President would consider a mission to the moon as a stepping stone to the Mars mission. Source:  Tech Times

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