Trump wants NASA to go back to the moon

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 05/15/2019

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on President Trump’s push to send American astronauts to the moon. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the busine...



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President thought tweeting about space exploration, here's what he says under my administration, we're restoring nasa to greatness and we're going back to the moon and then mars. I'M upgrading my budget to include an additional 1. 6 billion so that we can return to space in a big way. Come on in nasa administrator, jim bridenstine, jim, it's good to have you back on the program. Can you tell us wh ...
t we're gon na do when we get to the moon in 2024? Are we gon na stay there establish a base, or what are we gon na? Do well, we do want to establish permanence at the moon now that doesn't mean necessarily that we're gon na have people on the surface ofthe moon permanently, but we'll have landers rovers robots and, of course people. As you mentioned, the president has given us a directive to land humans on the south pole of the moon by 2024, and the vice-president announced by direction of the president that the next man and the first woman on the moon will be americans. And so we are looking forward to achieving that that end state and and interestingly, the question is why the south pole? Well, that's where there's water ice, hundreds of millions of tons of water ice, which of course is life, support, it's air to breathe it's water to drink and in fact hydrogen and oxygen is rocket fuel. It'S the samerocket fuel that powered the space shuttles and it's abundant on the south pole of the moon. All we establishing what could be the beginnings of a colony on the moon. Well, i would say that what we want to have is permanent access to any part of the moon at any time. That'S what we're seeking and when i say access. Yes, that includes humans, but it also includes landers, robots and rovers, and we are, we are building what we call gateway that is in orbit around the moon.

That gives us access to the moon, any location of the moon at any time. So so i would call it a colony, but certainly in the long runthat would be a goal. You know you're gon na have your critics. People are gon na say what are we spending money on space for when we've got plenty of urgent needs in the united states here at home? What'S your response to that? So i think a lot of people may not know just how space has impacted their lives. The way we communicate, many people are watching this on directv or dish network. Some people will watch it on the internet internet broadband from space. The way we produce food and energy. The way we do navigation. The way we do national security and defence. The way we do weather prediction and the way we understand climate, all ofthese things - are space capabilities and each one of these activities was born from this little agency called nasa. That is less than 1/2 of 1 % of the federal budget and the president has said: he's going to plus us up. Why he's going to plus us up? Because he wants to establish american greatness again throughout the entire world and we lead a coalition of nations right now on the international space station, and we want to extend that.

We want to go deeper into space and the end result is, we will see, returns on investment, far greater than what anybody imagines when they did and we're doing it commercially this time as well see jim now you'retalking. This is a financial program and when you start talking about return on investment, our ears perk up, we know what you're talking about and we like it, jim bryden start. Please come on back frequently. I am intrigued at this now i want an update as fast as we can jim. Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you.


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