According to a recording provided by Politico, Trump told Bridenstin: "They said that to get on Mars, they must first board the moon. Is there no way to go directly to the moon (Mars)? is it possible?"
In response, Bridenstein responded that the Moon was a test site for Mars, which allowed NASA to test the technology needed to extend human survival on the Fire Planet. “When we go to Mars, we have to stay there for a long time, so we need to learn how to live and work in another world.”
When Trump asked Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins what he thought of it, the latter responded: "it's possible to watch me fly straight to Mars." I mean, who else knows this better than (NASA). After all, they have been doing it for so long. "
Briddenstein continued to explain: "The challenge we face is that if we go directly to Mars, there will be many things that we have not confirmed yet." The water ice contained on the surface of the moon can be mined and converted into Rocket fuel.
In addition, the moon will become a space station for NASA to go to Mars and become a Gateway.