Donald Trump tweets that the Moon is part of Mars

US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump attend the French-US ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer Normandy northwestern France

Space enthusiasts were in for a shock when Donald Trump tweeted that the moon is a part of Mars and schooled National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) that it should scrap its lunar mission. "They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the moon is a part), Defense and Science", said Trump.

At least that's what he meant to say.

NASA plans to build a space outpost in lunar orbit that can relay astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, part of a broader initiative to use the moon as a staging ground for eventual missions to Mars.

In the confusingly worded tweet, the president seems to imply that the moon is part of Mars, which it's not.

While Trump was most likely tweeting in response to the Fox segment, the clumsy phrasing of his tweet still prompted copious jokes and memes from the Twitterverse.

President Donald Trump and a close-up image of the moon are shown in file photos.

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So last month Trump said NASA was heading back to the Moon, but now is saying that the agency should "NOT be talking about" doing so.

"As soon as we went to the moon 50 years ago, it was what we name 'flags and footprints.' We went, walked spherical, quiet some samples, and left". Thus accelerated timetable was the key component of the New Space Council under Vice President Mike Pence. This has led to the need for additional funding, and NASA has been very transparent about the work that money is going toward, including the key Space Launch System and its anticipated future Deep Space Gateway station.

NASA officers enjoy said bolstering their presence on the moon shall be an fundamental step in the direction of conducting further overview on Mars, as CNN's Haley Byrd infamous on Twitter.

Mars acquires the Moon and a satellite to be named later from Earth in exchange for Phobos, Deimos, and an asteroid.

Trump administration has asked Congress to allocate 1.6 billion dollars for NASA as a down payment to accelerate with its lunar initiative.

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