NASA's Fate Could Be in Jeopardy Under Donald Trump's Priorities
Donald Trump, the highly controversial republican presidential candidate was asked by a magazine about his stand on NASA's space exploration program and his answers did not please the majority. Although he showered the agency with praises, he failed to state a concrete plan on the support of its deep space exploration missions.
Aerospace America, monthly magazine of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sent questions to the presidential candidates to elicit their thoughts regarding space exploration projects. This was where Trump's stand on space project was discovered by the press.
In a report by TechTimes, they said "the candidate has revealed little on the issue of national space policy."
"I love NASA... Space is terrific... Right now, we have bigger problems - you understand that? We've got to fix our potholes" said Trump during the New Hampshire event. He was also quoted saying the he wants to prioritize and spend government funds on infrastructure on Earth before sending man to Mars.
In a statement by Space Policy Online, Trump is not willing to commit to fund space explorations by NASA when asked by the Aerospace America.
Donald Trump said NASA" has been one of the most important agencies in the United States government for most of my lifetime". But when asked about funding, he let out an elusive reply "I am not sure that is the right question. What we spend on NASA should be appropriate for what we are asking them to do. ... Our first priority is to restore a strong economic base to this country. Then, we can have a discussion about spending."
It seems that NASA's fate is not one of the top priotities of Donald Trump, in fact, if he wins, it could put the future of NASA in jeopardy.
Experts say that what Trump had said will be remembered as one of the most memorable remark about space exploration. And his thoughts on NASA and its project will definitely influence the public in choosing their next leader.