Donald Trump thinks the Moon is a part of Mars

Donald Trump has issued a bizarre tweet suggesting that the Moon is a part of Mars.

The US president made the strange assertion while calling on Nasa to be more ambitious in its future plans for space exploration.

He wrote Friday: ‘For all of the money we are spending, Nasa should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago.

‘They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!’

President Trump appears to have sent the tweet while flying home from a successful trip to the UK, Ireland and the beaches of Normandy in northern France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Last week, Nasa revealed plans to land the first woman on the moon by 2024.

Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the astronomical body in 1969, with the last manned landing taking place in 1972.

The moon orbits Earth, and is our only permanent satellite.

Mars, also known as the Red Planet because of its dusty orange surface, is a planet in its own right, and is around 50 million kilometers at its closest approach.

The average distance between Earth and Mars is 200 times greater than the 238,900 span between Earth and the Moon. Nasa has so far only sent unmanned exploration vehicles to Mars.

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