The US has regained its status as a “world leader” in space, trump said after the successful launch of the SpaceX crewed spacecraft. According to him, soon, the United States will land on Mars, and they will have “the greatest weapons in history.”
The US will have the “greatest weapons” in history, President Donald Trump said, speaking after the successful launch of the Crew Dragon manned ship. It is impossible to be “number one on Earth if you are number two in space,” he noted.
“We have caused the envy of the entire world and will soon land on Mars, and we will have the greatest weapons that could ever be imagined in history,” Trump said.
According to him, the US has restored its status as a “world leader” in space. The successful launch of the SpaceX manned spacecraft was “the first big space message in 50 years” and “a triumphant return to the stars,” Trump said.
The US is engaged in creating a “super-duper” – a rocket that will be 17 times faster than all existing analogs, Trump said in mid-May at the presentation ceremony of the country’s space forces. “Space is our future-both in terms of defense and many other aspects,” he added at the time.
Also, in March 2019, Trump demanded “at any cost” to send American astronauts to the moon, allocating five years to fulfill his order to NASA. In February, he asked Congress to Fund a staffed flight program “so that the next man and first woman on the moon will be American astronauts and <…> so that America will be the first country to plant its flag on Mars.”
On May 30, Elon Musk’s SpaceX conducted the first-ever manned space launch, produced by a private company. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle with the Crew Dragon ship launched from the space center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on the vessel heading to the International space station. It is expected that the docking with the ISS will take place on May 31 at 17.30.
In the United States, this launch was the first human-crewed flight in nine years: since the Space Shuttle program closed in 2011, astronauts were transported to the ISS on Russian Soyuz ships.