President Donald Trump speaks to followers of a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Enlarge / President Donald Trump speaks to followers of a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump spoke at a MAGA rally in New Hampshire. The President addressed his usual issues, such as immigration and arms, but he also talked about space for two minutes – an issue he is interested in, and he has conducted several Oval Office events.

"We are investing in the future of manned spaceflight," said the President, making a brief note about spaceflight. "And one day, American astronauts will put the Stars and Stripes on the surface of Mars."

Trump never mentioned his government's moon or lunar program during this comment or in any of his subsequent remarks on Thursday night. This is noteworthy as the most important initiative of its manned space government is the Artemis program, an attempt to accelerate man's return to the moon by 2024. The Trump, who took note of the lunar program, said, "NASA has some of the biggest plans we've ever had, great people, great scientists."

This is not the first time that the President has favored sending astronauts to Mars. Trump questioned NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on July 19, 2019, on an occasion for the Oval Office photo with the surviving crew members of the Apollo 11 mission, asking whether the agency should just skip the moon and fly directly to Mars.

These questions come at a critical time for NASA and Bridenstine, who are simultaneously trying to convince Congress to increase funding for the Artemis program in the budget for the 2020 budget, to put down a Republican uprising in Texas over the Lunar Lunar Program, and a Sorry to say President who seems to favor direct access to Mars.

However, on Thursday night, the president praised the efforts of the private sector to reuse missiles. (This is probably another difficult conversation between the NASA administrator and the president, as Bridenstine will spend more than $ 2 billion a year on the development of the Rocket Space Launch System, which is not reusable, while private entrepreneurs will make their big, reusable Missiles build largely without public funds).

"I see Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk putting up rockets, I think it's great," said Trump. "The one who recently went up and you see the engines coming back, there are no wings or nothing, it's almost the way we look at it, is that fiction?"

The president apparently referred to SpaceX's launch of the Falcon Heavy missile on April 11, 2019. During this mission, the company landed two boosters side by side on land and dropped a third on a drone ship offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Just two months later, the company reinstated the side amplifiers for a second Falcon Heavy flight.

"Who would think they could do it?" Trump asked. "I've never seen this six months ago, but they're doing more and more now, saving a lot of the most important and expensive parts of the rocket."