Earlier this year, President Trump inspired hope in many Americans that have long wished to see a resurgence in NASA’s manned space exploration endeavors, when he announced his goal to send human beings to Mars.
The president was so passionate about a manned trip to mars, that during a teleconference with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson aboard the ISS, he asked Whitson what kind of timeframe we can expect before placing American feet on the Red Planet. Whitson told him the budget he proposed could get them there as soon as the 2030s, which President Trump didn’t seem pleased with.
“Well, we want to try and do it during my first term or, at worst, during my second term, so we’ll have to speed that up a little bit, okay?” The president told her.
“We’ll do our best,” was all America’s most experienced space walker could muster in response. Now, it would seem even their best can’t cut it with NASA’s sparse budget.