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Australia to help Trump reach the moon, and beyond

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks at Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

 

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia will invest A$150 million ($101 million) in its companies and technology to help U.S. President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent U.S. missions to Mars, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.

 

Morrison, visiting NASA headquarters in Washington, said the five-year investment plan would help businesses support U.S. automation systems, build equipment for space craft and play a role in mineral exploration.

 

"We're backing Australian businesses to the moon, and even Mars, and back," Morrison said.

 

The announcement came after Morrison made a state visit to the White House on Friday, with the red carpet rolled out, signalling Australia's strong ties with the United States after a period of tense relations with China.

 

The investment is part of a broader Australian plan to beef up its space sector, with Morrison saying the government wants to triple the size of the sector to A$12 billion and create some 20,000 extra jobs by 2030.

 

Trump, when asked at a joint news conference with Morrison about the U.S. space programme, said the focus was on Mars.

 

"We're stopping at the moon," he said, according to a transcript.

 

"The moon is actually a launching pad. That's why we're stopping at the moon. I said, 'hey, we've already done the moon. That's not so exciting'. They said, 'no, sir, it's a launching pad for Mars'. So we'll be doing the moon but we'll really be doing Mars."

 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel)

 

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21 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

"We're stopping at the moon," but our focus is on mars 

so what's it gunna be, are we going to the moon or are we going to mars.

I'm really confused …  

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32 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

So we'll be doing the moon but we'll really be doing Mars.

And I have my lawyer ready to pay both of them off.

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4 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Where can I donate to send Trump to the moon and beyond?

Suggestions please only for one way trips.

you can send it Western Union over to the post office near my place and i'll see that he gets it.

please don't donate anything small as it's not worth me going down the road to collect it

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Can one of trumps top advisors please tell him that man has already gone to the moon, a few times.

 

Perhaps a sharpie drawing will help.

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Australian plan to beef up its space sector

 

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Meanwhile in Afghanistan...…………………!

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36 minutes ago, keith101 said:

Is that why the age pension increase is much lower than expected ?

Ignoring social programs like pensions and NDIS helps them to balance the budget and convince the voting idiots that they are good money managers.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/19/australias-budget-effectively-in-balance-after-46bn-underspend-on-ndis

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1 hour ago, Radar501 said:

 

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And I certainly hope morison and his team have given very serious thought to how all of this can strongly raise Australian export incomes. 

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