Trump reportedly offered NASA ‘all the money you could ever need’ to land on Mars during his presidency
President Donald Trump reportedly offered the NASA “all the money you could ever need” to land on Mars by the first term of his presidency, according to a report from New York Magazine that cited an upcoming memoir by the former White House communications official Cliff Sims.
The story said Trump appeared “distracted” at times during the discussion and asked a NASA official: “What if we sent NASA’s budget through the roof, but focused entirely on that instead of whatever else you’re doing now. Could it work then?” President Donald Trump reportedly offered the NASA “all the money you could ever need” to land on Mars by the first term of his presidency, according to a New York Magazine report citing an upcoming memoir from a former White House communications official.
In ” Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House ,” former White House Message Strategy director Cliff Sims recalls that immediately before a phone call with astronauts aboard the International Space Station in April 2017, Trump expressed a deep fascination for sending humans to Mars during his first term.
In the private dining room with NASA officials, Trump reportedly queried his audience on the possibility of landing on Mars. Robert Lightfoot Jr., the acting NASA administrator, explained that the US would try landing a human on Mars by 2030. “But is there any way we could do it by the end of my first term,” Trump asked, according to Sims.
Sims writes that he was “getting antsy” in the room due to Trump’s abrupt question shortly before a televised phone call with the Space Station. NASA officials were believed to have gone to great lengths to coordinate with the Space Station, which could only be reached during a certain time due to “orbital mechanics.” “All I could think about was that we had to be on camera in three minutes And yet we’re in here casually chatting about shaving a full decade off NASA’s timetable for sending a manned flight to Mars