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Trump Says US Will Get to Mars First, Will Also Land First Woman on Moon

© Photo : NASA/JPL-CaltechПланета Марс на восходе
Планета Марс на восходе - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will be the first country to land people on Mars and the first to land a woman on the Moon, US President Donald Trump said.
"America will land the first woman on the Moon and the United States will be the first nation to land an astronaut on Mars, we’re getting very close," Trump said at his campaign rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Friday that his company was on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in four years, using the Starship reusable vehicle.

According to Musk, initially, the Starship launch vehicle should be able to carry over 100 metric tons of cargo to low Earth orbit once it is completed. The larger goal is to have Starship missions transport people to the moon and Mars. According to SpaceX, Starship lunar missions could start as early as 2022.

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Buzz Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface, July 20, 1969. Photo was made by a 16mm movie camera inside the lunar module, shooting at one frame per second - Sputnik International
NASA's First Female Spaceflight Program Head to Oversee the US Return to the Moon
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a virtual consortium on Wednesday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected more than a dozen companies to develop technology to sustain US Moon operations.

"Together, NASA and industry are building up an array of mission-ready capabilities to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars," Bridenstine said.

The awards totalled $370 million, about $270 of which will go to four companies that are developing cryogenic fluid management technologies needed for rocket fuel: one small business, Eta Space, plus three corporate giants, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance (ULA), NASA said in a statement.

Bridenstine said NASA plans the first human lunar settlement in 2028, four years after a scheduled visit to the Moon’s south pole by two American astronauts in 2024.

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