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Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon, but his proposed budget cuts NASA funding close to an all-time low

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NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center
President Donald Trump signed the 'White House Space Policy Directive 1' on Monday, pressing NASA to put people on the moon for the first time in 45 years.
The directive is a shift from President Obama's plans for NASA, which called for crewed missions onto asteroids by 2025.
Funding for the agency has dropped from nearly 4.5% of the federal budget in 1966 to less than 0.5% today.
President Trump wants to put US astronauts back on the moon for the first time in 45 years.
The White House ‘Space Policy Directive 1,' which Trump signed on Monday, calls for NASA...
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Trump wants to send humans back to the moon - here's what his administration has done to spur space exploration so far

Trump wants to send humans back to the moon - here's what his administration has done to spur space exploration so far

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President Donald Trump signed a directive on Monday directing NASA to start working on a program to get humans back on the moon and later to Mars. The directive is based on recommendations from the National Space Council, which Trump reestablished in June.
The move which follows a string of efforts by the Trump administration to spur manned space exploration.
“He will change our nation's human spaceflight policy to help America become the driving force for the space industry, gain new knowledge from the cosmos, and spur incredible technology,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said...
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It's a good time for Trump to have announced his push to the moon

It's a good time for Trump to have announced his push to the moon

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Yuri Gripas/Reuters
On Monday, US President Trump signed a policy directive to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars.
There have been two recent attempts to return America to the moon: one in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush and one in 2004 by his son President George W. Bush.
The timing of Trump's push to the moon might be to his advantage.
The White House signing ceremony that made returning to the moon official government policy again was a low-key affair. Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks that covered America's...
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