Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

Space bosses waiting on tenterhooks for Trump to declare his plans for NASA

The United States is currently leading the world in the race into space, but the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has cast doubts on the future of the nation’s space missions.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Trump vowed to cut federal funding for various agencies, including NASA. Thus, space bosses as well as investors are eagerly waiting on tenterhooks for the next president to declare his plans for NASA.

Any cuts in funding would certainly have impacts on the nation’s science policy and space exploration missions. However, Trump has also said that he wants NASA to focus on space exploration; rather than serving as a logistics agency for low-orbit activity.

He also promised that the U.S. will lead the way into the stars. This could be good news for NASA’s Mars ambitions.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk-led SpaceX also aims to establish a colony on the Red Planet, sending one hundred humans at a time, starting as soon as 2024. A Dutch space firm named Mars One has plans to send explorers to the Red Planet by 2031. America’s lead may encourage more private-sector companies to come forward with similar plans.

Experts have suggested that going to Mars mission depends on how quickly an international effort is made to go back to the Moon, and how much funds the U.S. spends on that.


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