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Trump and NASA Take the Nation Back to Space - Americans Should be Landing by 2024

October 20, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks inside the Vehicle Assembly Building following the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS.
President Donald Trump speaks inside the Vehicle Assembly Building following the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS.

by Brian Lantz

There is no comparison. Trump sees America’s return to space as critical to our future, and he has launched us back to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond. Biden/Kamala will be worse than your worst nightmare. In eight years of Obama and Biden, the U.S. manned space program, including the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs, ended, and we could not even get our astronauts into space from American soil. The program was demoralized, destroyed.

Every American needs to know: It is President Donald Trump who has single-handedly and dramatically saved our U.S. manned space program, and he underlined this national mission in his State of the Union in 2020:

In reaffirming our heritage as a free nation, we must remember that America has always been a frontier nation. Now we must embrace the next frontier, America’s manifest destiny in the stars. I am asking Congress to fully fund the Artemis program to ensure that the next man and the first woman on the Moon will be American astronauts—using this as a launching pad to ensure that America is the first nation to plant its flag on Mars.

Today we are again traveling to the International Space Station—and poised to dramatically expand man’s presence in the Solar System—on our own power from the United States, the result of a collaboration of NASA and SpaceX. The Perseverance Rover is also on its way to Mars. Most importantly, NASA is fully committed to fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to landing the first women and the next man on the Moon in 2024, and establishing a sustained presence on the Moon by 2028. We are back in business.

Lyndon LaRouche pressed the essential idea of Trump’s Artemis, industrializing the Moon as a base for developing a crash program to go to Mars, repeatedly. He noted that this mission is essential to our national identity and destiny. Not only does it produce economic benefits, estimated in the Apollo program as $14 for every $1 spent, because of the totally new inventions and fundamental new scientific discoveries required, but it also produces a required change in culture, firing the imaginations of our young people, creating a national mission and purpose in building and exploring an entirely new frontier. As President Kennedy underlined in launching Apollo, “We do this not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Watch Lyndon speak on the role of space exploration.

Recall the Obama/Biden Horror Story

Many Americans may not remember what happened to our space program, given the psywar, profanity, and noise of the mass media. Recall that in 2010, Barack Obama went to Florida to announce to the gathered NASA employees that we would not return to the Moon. He and Joe Biden had announced NASA’s Constellation manned lunar program was to be canceled, and a fuzzy road-to-nowhere-in-our-life-times “technology development” program was to take its place. Obama told NASA employees in Florida, “I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before.” No return to the Moon. Nada. Former Astronaut Neil Armstrong wrote in opposition to the cuts, “We will have wasted our current ten-plus-billion-dollar investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to re-create the equivalent of what we will have discarded.” Former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, in a statement released on January 27, 2010, stated that Obama’s proposal to end manned space flight was “even worse” than President Nixon’s ending of the Apollo program, which Griffin characterized as “one of the most significant, yet strategically bankrupt, decisions in human history.” At least Nixon “left us with the Space Shuttle,” Griffin said. The Obama program “leaves NASA and the nation with no program, no plan, and no commitment to any human spaceflight program beyond that of today.... The president has chosen to recommend that the nation abandon its leadership on the space frontier.” The Obama/Biden budget legislation, passed in April 2011, officially terminated the Constellation program.

Even Congress rebelled. Obama and Biden’s attack on NASA’s exploration programs was a frontal assault on the nation’s future, and was understood to be so by Apollo astronauts, scientists, and even many in Congress. So, in 2011, Obama/Biden proposed that NASA should cobble together something small to send to Mars during the 2018 launch opportunity. Biden and Obama did not listen to the scientists. NASA Associate Administrator, physicist, and former astronaut John Grunsfeld described the Administration’s proposed Mars program this way: “You can plan, but you can’t go.” It could not, and did not happen.

Most in Washington already know that Biden and Harris will junk Artemis and manned space missions. Former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is on the shortlist to become NASA Administrator. She advocates focusing exclusively on climate change as NASA’s priority.

Great science driver projects cannot be turned on and off like a faucet. As with the decades-long sabotage of fusion energy development, as scientists stress, inadequate and unpredictable funding ensures you never get there. The assembling of top-notch scientific teams and the development of their expertise is essential for multi-decade coherent programs, which can never be just a series of individual missions. If the goal is to eventually land people on Mars, crucial scientific questions must be answered. This is also from where the scientific and technological spinoffs come that improve the entire economy and raise standards of living.

Today, Joe Biden can hardly find his way out of his basement. Barack Obama is himself now out campaigning for Joe, so Barack Obama and his swamp creatures can inhabit the White House again. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would take us right back to the horrors where we came from. What about our nation’s future? What about our grandchildren’s futures?

Trump is right. Pelosi, Kamala, and others are trying to “erase American history, purge American values, and destroy the American way of life,” as he stated in a late reelection pitch to voters in Muskegon, Michigan on October 17. “The Democrat party you once knew doesn’t exist,” Trump said. There is a better way, for our nation to have a brighter future.

Upon President Trump’s announcement of the Artemis program to return to the Moon and then venture on to Mars, LaRouche PAC took its support for this initiative to the nation in a big way, to organize the American people in full support of this critical mission. We continue to circulate a petition and accompanying report under the headline “We Commit to the Moon- Mars Mission.” The report begins:

A 50-year, international crash program for lunar industrialization, the development of fusion-powered space flight, and Mars colonization will be the most important driver for the U.S. and global economies. President Trump’s plan to return to the Moon by 2024 is the correct first step; let’s see the full program through....

The great visionaries of our space program did not merely view the program as meeting short-term goals or deadlines, but as setting a standard for true economic and scientific progress for all of humankind. The achievement of a permanent lunar presence is the gateway to the development of a human economy in space. Will you join us now, in the fight to implement this great adventure? Lifting our eyes to the stars will heal this nation’s present, destructive partisan wounds. Like President Kennedy’s challenge to the nation to go to the Moon, today’s Moon-Mars mission is a necessary challenge for achieving a future worthy of all human beings on planet Earth, and, soon, beyond.

VOTE TRUMP 2020! Say “Yes!” to a bright future; say “No!” to the swamp and creepy old Joe!

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