President Trump Wants NASA to Focus on Mars Rather than Moon

President Trump Wants NASA to Focus on Mars Rather than Moon

President Donald Trump stated on Friday that NASA should be focusing on Mars and not think about going to the Moon. His tweet in which he seems to be claiming the moon as a part of Mars also sent the astronomic fraternity buzzing. His tweet reads, “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 gave emphasis on the fact that he wants his Federal Space Agency to be inclined to explore further areas of the space than being stuck with the moon.

This statement given by him while returning to Washington from Ireland contradicts his earlier plan of sending astronauts to the moon. Defense and Science were also among the fields where he wanted NASA to be focussed. The statement made by president Trump remained confusing in various ways. The administrator at NASA, Jim Bridenstine earlier the same day at the International Space Development Conference said, “The very first space policy directive of the President said, ‘We’re going to go back to the moon.'” He promised the audience that this particular mission will be carried in a unique manner as they are going to stay on the moon.

The Trump administration gave a raise to NASA’s budget last month by adding $1.6 billion to the project. The ambitious project planned on sending the first female astronomer to the Moon. This came out as a big announcement as even after 50 years of its first landing, no woman has ever walked on the moon. The earlier 12 people who did where all men and American nationals. NASA had already requested a $21 billion fund for this specific mission on the Moon.

Jupiter Soon to be the Closest to Earth: Can be Seen through Binoculars

Jupiter soon to be the closest to Earth, Can be seen through binoculars

The biggest planet of our solar system will be at its biggest and brightest as it will be the closest to Earth next week. The big ball of gas can be easily spotted by common binoculars, telescopes or even without any equipment. The various moons of the planet can also be seen clearly throughout the month. There are also chances of spotting its ring which is made of clouds.

The constantly changing positions of the moons make their surrounding an interesting thing to gaze into and note their positions. Jupiter, Earth, and Sun will soon descend into a straight line known as the opposition. The earth being in the middle will get a good view of the planet and its moon for around a stretch of a month. Though the opposition doesn’t last beyond a day, scientists at NASA claim that it offers a good time to spot the planet for about a month later.

The planet which ranks 5th on its distance from the sun travels on the orbit between Mars and Saturn and finishes one round after 4,333 days. The planet which is more than twice the size of all other planets combined has a total of 79 moons. Four of these would work along with the planet to illuminate the night sky for the remainder of this month. The gas giant will also be part of a tripartite formation in the sky with our moon and Antares, a red star.

Jupiter will appear the brightest on Monday night when it’s closest to our planet, closer than last year by 11 million miles. A giant red storm that has been raging on the surface of the planet, also known as its red spot, will be available for the viewing by a bigger telescope, although its visibility is subjected to the weather conditions.