The president of the USA, Donald Trump, will sign on Monday a policy that directs the space agency NASA to initiate a program of space exploration to send american astronauts back to the Moon and eventually to Mars,” reported the White House.
“The president will ratify today the Board of Space Policy, which commands the director of NASA to lead a space exploration programme innovative to send american astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars, “said Hogan Gidley, deputy spokesperson of the president, in a statement sent to Efe.
Trump will formalize the signing this afternoon in a ceremony at the White House.
The last time the US sent a manned mission outside the earth’s orbit was in 1972, on Apollo 17, and in which two of its astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, carried out three walking on the lunar surface.
Gidley stressed that the new policy of Trump’s “will modify the policy of manned space flights in the country to help US become the main force in the space industry, to obtain new knowledge of the cosmos, and boost amazing technology”.
In October, us vice-president, Mike Pence, is already ahead of the interest of Washington in the “send american astronauts to the Moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundations that we need to send americans to Mars and beyond”.
Pence chairs the Council of National Space, an organ of the Executive Office of the president Trump, designed to boost space ambitions americans.