December 12, 2017

President Trump: Moon Then Mars!

Are you ready to go back to the Moon and on to Mars? 

President Trump signed an Executive Memorandum today, directing NASA to work with commercial space and our international partners to actually go to the Moon and Mars.

From the order: "The paragraph beginning "Set far-reaching exploration milestones" is deleted and replaced with the following: "Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.  Beginning with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations;"."

The order replaced the current meaningless direction to "set far reaching exploration milestones," with direction to go to the Moon and Mars. This is a major change--from talk and excuses to action.

However, the president can't do it alone.

Now it is up to us to supply the public support the president needs to get Congress onboard with the appropriations and authorizations to get away from flat or declining budgets and get us on the pathway that will take us to the Moon in the 2020s and Mars in the 2030s.

Please call your Senators and Representatives in support of real increases for NASA's budget, and for Congressional support to get us back o the Moon and on the road to Mars.  202-224-3121.

Please also call your Senators and ask that they vote to confirm the nomination of the Honorable Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator. 202-224-3121.

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