The anti-President Donald Trump fanatics on the Internet do not wait to check their facts before they start to attack him.
The president sent a tweet on Friday that called for NASA to spend more time on working to get the United States on Mars.
In the tweet he said NASA should not be focusing on going back to the moon and then, to many, it appeared that he said the moon was part of Mars.
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago.
“They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!” he said.
The Resistance, including “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill, pounced on the statement, mocking that the president, in their minds, thought that the Moon was part of Mars.
But that is not the case and if they did any research prior to attacking the president they would know that the Moon is part of a trip to Mars, as NASA says on its Moon to Mars page.
It all starts with delivery services to the lunar surface from U.S. companies for scientific instruments and technology demonstrations as well as a spaceship, called the Gateway, in orbit around the Moon that will support human missions to the surface with reusable lander elements for decades to come. The Gateway will, for the first time, give NASA and its partners access to more of the lunar surface than ever before, supporting both human and robotic missions. The agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft will be the backbone to build the Gateway and transport astronauts to and from Earth.
The Moon is a treasure chest of science that holds many fascinating mysteries to explore – many that will advance our understanding of our home planet and solar system, as well as the cosmos beyond. NASA wants to use the Moon’s unique perspective as a science platform to look back at the Earth, observe the Sun, and view the vast universe. The discovery of water on the Moon and possible deposits of rare Earth metals also hold promise for both scientific and human exploration.NASA is working to build and identify scientific instruments and technology demonstrations for Moon deliveries by U.S. companies as soon as 2019. These deliveries will help us learn more about the Moon, and provide opportunities to test new lander technologies. At the same time, NASA will begin to develop increasingly larger, more capable, and reusable landers for humans that can carry more cargo and land more precisely. Future landers also will carry large roving instrument kits to locate life-sustaining and mission-enabling resources on the Moon, and collecting and returning samples to the Gateway.
The Gateway will enable months-long crew expeditions with multiple trips down to the lunar surface, enabling exploration of new locations across the Moon. The first part of the Gateway is targeted to launch on a private rocket in 2022 and will provide power and propulsion as well as communications for the spaceship. After it reaches orbit, and demonstrates its capabilities in space for about a year, NASA will launch astronauts in Orion on an SLS rocket carrying two new sections for the Gateway that will add a small living space and initial science and operational capabilities. Over time, the Gateway will become a way station for the development of refueling depots, servicing platforms, and a facility for processing samples from the Moon and other bodies in support of science and commerce.
That makes the tweets from those who are attacking the president appear to be ridiculous, not that they are not used to being ridiculous.