During the last two United States presidential administrations, one Republican with George W. Bush, and one Democratic with Barack Obama, the United States of America National Aeronautics and Space Administration has dealt with uncertainty where funding and leadership were concerned. With a switch to another Republican administration, the same leadership and funding questions remain. A Donald Trump administration, with the consultants and appointments he is anticipatedto make, may return moontravel tothe agenda for NASA. One of those likely appointments is GOP stalwart and Trump consultant, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has suggested that America should begin colonies on the moon.
"It is very plausible to speculate that the new administration will insert a mission to the lunar surface, probably international in character, as a step on the way to Mars," said dean of space of space policy analysts, John Logsdon, in an interview with The Washington Post. "Politically, most of the other countries of the world have identified with the moon as an interesting destination, and they don't really have the capabilities to talk about sending people to Mars. If we want to assert international leadership, we would take a position in leading a coalition to return to the moon."
It has been said for years that the moon is a red destination and that an asteroid is a blue destination. Any certainty that the new administration will send NASA back to the moon is pure speculation at this point, however.