Donald Trump’s NASA budget includes a Mars mission and a return trip to the moon


New Delhi: The Donald Trump administration on Monday announced the 2019 budget estimate for NASA and as it appears, the US is all set to return to the moon and will also be aiming to send humans to Mars.

Nearly half of the proposed $19.9 billion budget – $10.5 billion – is earmarked for “an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration and lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations,” according to a NASA overview.

“In short, we are once again on a path to return to the Moon with an eye toward Mars. NASA is called to refocus existing activities towards exploration, by redirecting funding to innovative new programmes and support for new public-private initiatives,” acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.

“We are leveraging multiple partners both here at home and internationally in developing a sustainable approach where the Moon is simply one step on our…

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