Nasas Juno mission to Jupiter explained
Nasa has successfully managed to place the Juno spacecraft in an orbit around Jupiter.

Over the last decade or so NASA has been stripped of its innovation and its exploratory vision, slowly morphing into what President-Elect Donald Trump describes as a "logistics agency".

On the campaign trail Trump railed against the fact that the Agency that was once at the forefront of space exploration had been reduced to low earth orbit missions.

He promised that he would return NASA to its former glory, where the moon and Mars are mere stepping stones to the exploration and possibly robotic missions to the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Shortly after winning the election Trump took a step to fulfilling that vision when he appointed former Republican congressman Robert Walker, who was the chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee during the 90s to draft a plan for NASA.

According to a report by Mother Jones, the space policy includes mining valuable minerals from the asteroid belt and visiting Jupiter's icy moon Europa, which is one of the best places to find life in the solar system.

This, however, could signal the end of a manned mission to Mars. If we follow Trump's vision for NASA, Mars will be reduced to a mere footnote, with primary focus being placed on the asteroid belt and the gas giants beyond it.

"If you're looking at technology that looks for the solar system, you are then likely to move toward plasma rockets, toward nuclear-powered rockets, certainly toward solar sails," Walker told Mother Jones. "There are a variety of things that you can do, which allows you to apply power throughout the mission."

In September, the Scientific American graded Trump's stance on space policy a 1 out of 5, however, placing both Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein above him. The magazine gave him a total of seven points for scientific policy, the least of all four main presidential candidates, while Clinton was given the most with 64 points.

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