Maybe it’s just me, but the grand announcements on immigration, and now space exploration make me think that someone is trying to “Kennedy” George W. Bush.
The Space Shuttle program is a legendary boondoggle, and rightly deserves to be scrapped in favor of lower cost non-reusable rockets. Adding a manned mission to the Moon, then Mars just seems so contrived. At least with the moon, it’s a case of “been there, done that.”
Of course since neither has a snowballs chance of emerging from Congress, it’s just election year hot air.