Bill Nye the Science Guy says let’s go to Mars in an open letter to President Donald Trump.
Nye issued an open letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, stating his recommendations for the government’s investments in NASA.
The scientist offered the president five recommendations for the U.S. space program in a letter and video, urging Trump to use the bipartisan support for NASA to advance space exploration.
First on that list is a manned mission to Mars.
In the video, Nye tells Trump:
Mr. President, I’m Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-governmental space interest organization. We’re a non-partisan organization funded by over 50,000 members–people around the world with different political beliefs–who are united in their support for space science and exploration.
The Planetary Society’s Board of Directors and I would like to offer five recommendations for the United States space program during your tenure.
Number one: Keep the planet Mars as the goal for human space exploration.
Number two: orbit Mars first.
Number three: strengthen NASA science.
Number four: embrace commercial space.
Number five: Five-over-five (a five-percent boost to NASA’s budget every year for the next 5 years).
In his video message Nye tells Trump:
You have the opportunity to provide clear direction to our nation’s space program. The advances and discoveries made on your watch could be historic.
In a written report issued in conjunction with Nye’s video message, The Planetary Society issued the following five recommendations:
- Maintain the exploration of Mars as the organizing principle for NASA’s human spaceflight program
- Direct NASA to plan an executable, affordable path for sending humans to Mars orbit by 2033
- Expand NASA’s highly successful science portfolio
- Continue to grow and support the commercial space industry
- Initiate annual five percent increases to NASA’s budget for five years
According to the Washington Post, Trump has yet to name anyone to lead NASA. In addition, he also lacks a science advisor.
Watch the video message below: