Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Gives Donald Trump Five Tips On Overseeing NASA

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CEO for the Planetary Society Bill Nye created a public video message for President Donald Trump. The reputable ‘Science Guy’ gave some tips to the new administration on how the government should handle NASA in the years ahead. Nye’s recommendations focused on keeping NASA’s primary goal to send humans on a Mars expedition, without neglecting other scientific objectives.

In the video, Nye also advocated that the government should continue to embrace the commercial space industry. In this way, the space agency would benefit with an additional financial stream.

Here’s the ‘Science Guy’ five-point plan on how the Trump administration should oversee NASA:

1. Ultimate Goal: Mars expedition

During the administration of former President Barack Obama, the government pivoted NASA to a journey to Mars. Instead of focusing on a return mission to the moon, the previous administration wanted to focus on sending humans to Mars.

During the administration of former President Barack Obama, the government pivoted NASA to a journey to Mars. Instead of focusing on a return mission to the moon, the previous administration wanted to focus on sending humans to Mars.

Obama’s decree was a huge change for the agency. At the time, most of the projects focused on the return to the moon. Nye urged the current administration to follow the same path and continue with the ultimate goal of going to Mars. His insistence comes after some voices in the Trump administration wanted to divert resources from Mars to the exploration of the moon. One of these people is Newt Gingrich, an advocate for a permanent moon base. The Planetary Society thinks that the diversion will delay a manned mission to Mars. The worst part would be the reality that a manned expedition to Mars might be delayed by generation.

2. Orbit Mars first before landing on it

The Planetary Society recommended that an orbital process should precede a full landing on Mars. This was the strategy used during the moon land. The Apollo VIII orbited the moon while the Apollo XI landed on it.

During the moon landing, NASA had the main spacecraft and a smaller lunar lander that will travel to the lunar orbit. The lunar lander descends to the surface of the moon. Meanwhile, the main spacecraft remained in the lunar orbit. After completing the mission, the lander returned to the lunar orbit to re-dock with the main spacecraft. The mains spacecraft discarded the lander after transferring the crew and payload. Only the main spacecraft returned to Earth. The strategy is efficient and economical.

Nye suggested that with the strategy of orbiting the Red Planet first, humans can orbit Mars by 2033. The spacecraft can land Mars’ surface by 2039.

3. Grow bigger with NASA’s scientific programs

Nye also drew attention on how NASA contributed to the job sector. He said that there are ‘tens of thousand’ of highly skilled jobs in manufacturing, engineering and pure sciences that exist dues to NASA’s programs.

The Planetary Society’s CEO also added that a budget commitment to the Mars mission will help humanity to understand things. It will help humans understand its origin, protection on solar storms, search life beyond the Earth and possibly understand climate change.

4. Embrace the Commercial Space Industry

During the previous administration, NASA partnered with major commercial spaceflight companies. The space agency implemented its first round of Commercial Cargo program. Two commercial companies, SpaceX and Orbital ATK worked on sending supplies to the International Space Station.

The private sector’s role in the space industry has become hands-on. Nye stated that fostering the initiative is a sign of a healthy industry. He advocates for more cooperation between the government and the commercial sector in the space endeavors.

5. Five-Over-Five increase on the budget

Lastly, Nye emphasized that NASA is not requiring a considerable amount of money to proceed with its innovations. He suggested a five-over-five fiscal outlay on increasing the budget for NASA. It means that there will be a five percent annual increase in NASA’s budget for each of the next five fiscal years. Nye sees the proposition as a way for the agency to have the money to execute an ambitious human spaceflight program and other scientific projects.

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