President Trump Renews Space Policy Directive…

Earlier today President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence held an event at the White House to renew a space policy for NASA’s continuing U.S. mission directives.

[Transcript] 2:58 P.M. EST – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Vice President Pence, for helping — where’s our Vice President — great job, great job — to restore American leadership in space. So important.

Cabinet members, General Selva, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, Acting Administrator Lightfoot, members of Congress, and the National Space Council, thank you all for being here. And especially, Mike, as I said, I want to thank you. I know how active you’ve been and how important this is to you. So we appreciate it. Thank you very much.

We also welcome astronauts Christina Koch and Peggy Whitson. Christina, thank you. Peggy, thank you very much. Peggy recently returned from the International Space Station and has now spent an incredible 665 days in space. You’ll have to explain that. That sounds tough. (Laughter.) More than any other American; more than any woman ever.

Finally, we’re honored to be joined by Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt. Exactly 45 years ago, almost to the minute, Jack became one of the last Americans to land on the moon. Today, we pledge that he will not be the last. And I suspect we’ll be finding other places to land in addition to the moon.

What do you think, Jack? Where’s Jack? What do you think, Jack? We’ll find some other places out there? There are a couple of other places, right?

MR. SCHMITT: Yes, we should. Learn from the moon.

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll learn. The directive I’m signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use. This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars. And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond.

This directive will ensure America’s space program once again leads and inspires all of humanity. The pioneer spirit has always defined America, and we’re picking that up in many other fields. I think you see that. I think it’s obvious. All you have to do is look at what’s happening with the markets and all of the great things that are happening. We’re leading in many different fields again, and it’ll get more and more obvious as you go along.

After braving the vast unknown and discovering the new world, our forefathers did not only merely sail home — and, in some cases, never to return. They stayed, they explored, they built, they guided, and through that pioneering spirit, they imagined all of the possibilities that few dared to dream.

Today, the same spirit beckons us to begin new journeys of exploration and discovery, to lift our eyes all the way up to the heavens, and once again imagine the possibilities waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big. And that’s what our country is doing again: We’re dreaming big.

This is a giant step toward that inspiring future and toward reclaiming America’s proud destiny in space. And space has so much to do with so many other applications, including a military application. So we are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many-fold.

I’d like to invite Vice President Pence, if he would, to say a few words. He’s been leading this for me and I appreciate it.

Mr. Vice President.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, thank you. Thank you for your leadership and thank you for the honor to be here today in my capacity as chairman of the National Space Council for what I believe is a momentous occasion in the history of American space exploration.

To all the extraordinary leaders who are gathered with us today, to members of Congress, and the pioneers of space exploration who are gathered here, we thank you. We thank you for all you’ve done to serve our nation and expand the horizons of human knowledge and advance American leadership in outer space.

Mr. President, in signing this space policy directive, you are ensuring that America will lead in space once again. To guide this new era of American space leadership, President Trump has relaunched the National Space Council. And at the Councils inaugural meeting in October, we unanimously approved a recommendation to instruct NASA to return American astronauts to the moon, and from there to lay a foundation for a mission to Mars.

Todays action by President Trump makes that recommendation official national policy for the United States of America. As everyone here knows, establishing a renewed American presence on the moon is vital to achieve our strategic objectives and the objectives outlined by our National Space Council.

In pursuing these objectives, Mr. President, we will, as you said, enhance our national security and our capacity to provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America. We will also spur innovation, as the space program has always done, Mr. President. Youve reflected on it often, and well see jobs created that we couldnt even imagine could be created today.

Well also ensure, lastly, that the rules and values of space exploration are written with American leadership and American values.

Mr. President, you’ve said that the pioneer spirit has always defined America. And by your action today, with this clear vision — returning Americans to the moon, preparing to lead to Mars and beyond — you’re ensuring, Mr. President, that America will lead in space in the future and for generations to come. And I thank you for the honor of being a part of this.

THE PRESIDENT: This is very exciting and very important for our country. And it also happens to mean jobs. Jobs. And we love jobs too, right? Congratulations.

(The directive is signed.) (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much.

END 3:06 P.M. EST

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126 Responses to President Trump Renews Space Policy Directive…

  1. Pam says:

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    • MAGA Happy Boy says:

      PDJT is methodically putting the pieces in place to take our country into future. The space program was a key technology incubator in the 1960s and will serve the same role in a MAGA administration. I am SO excited!!! 🙂

      And for those of you keeping count at home, our Lion is leaving NO stone unturned as he tames and harnesses the myriad instruments of power that will ensure our wellbeing and prosperity. Textbooks will be written on what is occurring before our eyes!!

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  2. noritadek says:

    There goes our Nasa! Who is going to work in making the muslims feel good now if Nasa is going to continue with the space program. OH well….

    On a serious thought, Thank you Mr. President! God bless you.

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  3. Pam says:

    Take two

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Harrison Schmitt was a Geologist…who was given astronaut training in order to go on missions.

      He didn’t start out as a pilot or in military service, although he learned to be a pilot after he was chosen to be a part of the Apollo program.

      Schmitt trained other astronauts in geologic observation and collection, so that they would know what to look for when they were on the surface of the Moon.
      This guy made a huge contribution to the Apollo missions.

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  4. POP says:

    Does this mean this President has re-tasked NASA so its mission isn’t muslim outreach anymore?
    Maybe finally the left’s long march through US Institutions has been stopped….. at least at NASA?
    Barry will be sad.

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    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      Tell the muslims that allah is living on the dark side of the moon and charge the muslims for the ride. The USA can make $trillions.

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      • Aguila2011 says:

        I hate to say it, but you know it is coming. The first crew to go back to the moon will include a black female commander and a moose limb astronaut. The PC mentality will take a long time to root out. We gotz ta be nice, ya know!!

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  5. wheatietoo says:

    I am so glad to see this.
    Space Exploration is an exciting endeavor…and a positive thing for both our own country and for mankind as a whole.

    There are a lot of byproducts from the technology that is developed for Space Exploration.
    There is also the potential of discovering new elements and minerals, which could be used in untold ways.

    Thank you, Mr. President!
    This is wonderful.

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    • BobBoxBody says:

      Don’t forget there are things and processes you can do in low-zero gravity you can’t do on Earth. Like blending certain alloys together. Lots of progress and money to be made in developing an offworld foothold.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Yes, absolutely.

        The samples brought back from the Moon showed a high concentration of Helium3…which has been determined to have the potential for cold fusion.
        A clean new source of Energy.

        It is those samples that we gave to other countries, that have spawned the current ‘space race’ to get back to the Moon.
        There is enough Helium3 on the Moon to power our cities here for thousands of years.

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        • BobBoxBody says:

          Damn I didn’t know about that! I had heard that one of the probes we had sent to Titan had found crude oil there, but not about this.

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          • wheatietoo says:

            It’s been talked about for years…ever since they discovered the potential of using Helium3.

            This is a video from 2008, which explains it pretty well.


            .
            This was before Obama was elected, though…which put a stop to our progress toward going back to the Moon.

            Pres Trump has just brought us back into the race to get back.

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            • JC says:

              For a supremely arrogant guy who prided himself on being “with it” and “progressive,” bho was certainly hellbent on plunging us back into the Dark Ages.

              We have a lot of catching-up to do, but we’re already getting there. Unlimited potential and enormous excitement in returning to space exploration.

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              • Aguila2011 says:

                Geez JC, what was it you didn’t understand about Barry’s goal of “fundamentally transforming” America? You thought he was kidding?

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                • JC says:

                  Hehe, nope. Never, ever thought he was kidding, and it made my blood run cold the minute he said it. I practically saw the two horns pop out of his head. Haven’t had an ungrateful moment since he left our White House.

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      • CiscoKid says:

        Also, imho, eventually Earth will eventually run out of resources and probably be on the verge of becoming over populated.
        The only hope for mankind to survive is to explore space and planets and migrate.
        We, America have to “get there firstest, with the mostest”

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      • PaulM says:

        I have to wonder if the politicians would turn a “offworld foothold” into a luxury remote fortress that they and their families could run to in case things got too dangerous for them here. Stockpiled to keep them comfortable until the security forces got us back under the leash.

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        • BobBoxBody says:

          Maybe, but a counter to that is that space travel ends up becoming a mundane everyday thing like flying on a commercial airliner. The only way for something like you just described is that a centralized power structure tried to hoard that all for itself. I don’t think that’s really feasible to do. Besides private entities would like to make bank off of space travel.

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      • Dave Allen says:

        NTM tapping into renewable resources – Solar power converters are MUCH more effective when they are not having to process Solar radiation filtered by the Earth’s ~60 mile thick atmosphere!

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    • Aguila2011 says:

      I only wish that companies that get their grubby paws on the results of these ventures would have to pay through the nose because you know they will make a mint off everything they can get.

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  6. Pam says:

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  7. L. Gee says:

    So does this mean we’ll no longer be looking for Muzzies on Mars . . . or whatever the hell NASA’s been doing for the last few years?

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  8. ecmarsh says:

    It is no matter if I believe we went to the moon or not, the space program was one of the greatest moral boosters for Americans. Lots of great technology came out during that time. Great paying jobs and American pride.
    NASA is now shot so things have to be rebuilt.
    I never did, mind my tax monies going to the space program. There were much more benefits to it than just going to the moon.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      We did go to the Moon…so you may believe it.

      We left a lot of things there that have been observed in more recent Moon probes, performed by other countries.
      Photos sent back by a Japanese moon probe, for example…showed our equipment and tracks from our Lander, still in place.

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      • ecmarsh says:

        Hey Wheatie, when president Trump says, “We just landed on the moon.” I’ll know for sure we went there.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          What sort of ‘proof’ would it take to convince you that we landed on…and explored…the Moon?

          Because there is lots of it.

          We didn’t claim the Moon for ourselves.
          We claimed it for the People of the Earth, for mankind.

          Communists wanted to destroy this, so they set out to create doubt and lead people to think that it was a ‘hoax’.
          Why?
          Several reasons…but the main one is so that it leaves the Moon still ‘up for grabs’, so that they can go there and claim it for themselves.

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          • LafnH20 says:

            40 yo .. with a couple/few decades of experience.. lol

            Some bodies don’t want any bodies getting off this planet!!! Physically or otherwise.

            This planet is kinda being used as .. Their.. prison for us. Imo

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          • ecmarsh says:

            Not a communist,!
            I am a historian and Bible lover. I have always been skeptical of the powers that be and their MSM propaganda arm. I do know that my great, great uncle invented dinosaurs’.
            My, it has been pretty tough to make any comment on the tree house lately.

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      • colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

        Concerning ecmarsh…I have to confess!…Working 3rd shift for 20+ years in Large Scale Mainframe Operations i got enamored with one Richard C Hoagland on the Art Bell overnight (midnight to 3)radio Show…I am soooooooo embarrassed to admit it now…i got rooked!

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    • colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

      in 60’s tax money… $10 per American per year to get to the moon… about $100 in today’s money..a Damn Bargain! (and that includes the non-tax paying American back then!)

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    • colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

      You cannot have your cake and eat it too on this issue… Period.

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    • Kay Emig says:

      Yup. Every time I see a photo of one of the launch stations with “abandon in place” painted on ‘em it’s depressing. A sad commentary on the direction our country has taken.

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  9. Monadnock says:

    I am so pleased to see this – we are truly a people who thrive on being pioneers, and this sort of thing is EXACTLY what Americans need to be doing.

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  10. Barry thought Muslims were the center of the Universe and that we all revolved around them. Donald Copernicus Galileo Trump squashed that insupportable dogma today. And the totalitarian press clergy will be after him for heresy.

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  11. GetReal says:

    Hopefully this also redirects NASA away from global warming propagandizing which they’ve been heavily into for past decade. Remember the global warming nut Jim Hanson? He worked in NASA.

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  12. Eks Mann says:

    > In pursuing the objectives of the National Space Council, @POTUS Trump’s actions will enhance our nat’l security, provide for the common defense, spur innovation, and create jobs. <

    The President's actions will also wreak havoc on NK's ability to reach out and touch someone…

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Kinectic Weapons known as “The Rods From God”!

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      • Eks Mann says:

        I’ve seen speculation during my travels on the ‘net to suggest that NK and SpaceX are “related” in some fashion.

        If true, President Trump’s Space Directive today will deal a death blow to NK’s ability to reach out and touch someone via ballistic intercontinental means.

        SpaceX’s recently-scheduled top-secret-payload Zuma launch was scrubbed at the last minute due to technical complications, and has been postponed indefinitely. I felt at the time – and still do – that the White Hats saw to it that this payload didn’t reach orbit.

        > Kinectic Weapons known as “The Rods From God”! <

        I've read rumors that we've recently damaged/destroyed some of NK's, um, infrastructure for mass destruction with rods from God. Sounds like you've read similar reports.

        Thank you, Mr. President.

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  13. colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

    As a kid growing up across the river from the Kennedy Space Center…watching un-announced rockets crackle skyward bi-weekly…Watching Saturn V chest vibration thumping power 7 miles away. HELL YEAH President Trump! (Dad would call mom…where are the kids?..code for ‘look east’)

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  14. wtd says:

    Good to see our President refocus NASA’s Space goals.
    However, there’s that related issue which needs to be revisited:
    Nov. 2016/Breitbart: Sweetheart Deal Handed Port Canaveral’s Cargo Container Terminal to Family of Saddam Hussein’s Nuclear Mastermind
    35 year lease done in one day …..Center for Security Policy: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

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    • colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

      wow. totally missed that story. Orlando Sentinel did cover it I see. I will have to do some email with the Florida Today newspaper to see what they think…probably not much…they usually give the Port positive coverage…they are a powerful influence in Brevard County… Tourism, commerce…Millions and Millions of dollars of influence…Disney…

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      • colddeadhandsyoudirtyape says:

        The Port has influence I mean…

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Since the DeepState shut down the space shuttle program and shuffled away most of KSC’s brain trust the whole Space Coast has been hurting. The democrats would be happy if we never put another man into space. They’ve been quite comfortable with having the Russians send our astronauts out to the Space Station now & then for the past 6 years.

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        • thesavvyinvester says:

          Bingo, and don’t tell me that the change in direction 8 yrs ago wasn’t to target those 20,000 workers or so and spoil their skill set, our advantage and to destroy moral. It was to crumble the pinnacle of American exceptionalism. Now that pinnacle us back, and another “error” undone. Someone us stewing in their DC mansion, as all their Fubars are being corrected, one by one…

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        • Aguila2011 says:

          Funny how shutting down the good stuff didn’t keep the GOPe and the Barry socialists from doubling the national debt in a mere 8 years. Like the idiots they are, they went to the strip club but didn’t limit themselves to $5 or $10 tips, but used the tax payer slush fund for $1000 or more per lap dance. And that still didn’t satiate the beasts. They had to go around abusing women and children to get their real jollies.

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  15. USA loves Melania says:

    My parents were just little kids in the ’60s and ’70s when Americans were walking on the moon. My dad especially has been interested in space exploration ever since then. I’ve never seen anything like it, except from watching those old films. It feels like watching a long lost advanced civilization. We’ve been going backwards since then. I really hope that sometime in my lifetime I will get to experience the pride and excitement that the older generations must have felt when they saw Americans on the moon. I believe President Trump is the leader who will put us back on track.

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    • Lumina says:

      Your parents like many of us would sit around a black & white TV with our families intensely watching the launches and reentries. Everyone remembers where they were when Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon…It was the during our family vacation, we were camping in 11 foot camp trailer & roughed it without power…my Lil’ Bro and I were very disappointed as there would be no way for us to see it, except for hearing it on the car radio. We were at St Mary’s campground in Glacier Park that day and my brother and I set out to explore the campground. Someone had a TV hoisted up for all to see the moon landing….which was really amazing for those days…July 20, 1969…

      This is wonderful news for the industry that has suffered. There will be so many new tech and research opportunities…and to dream, build and succeed….

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        But this time President Trump will make sure the NASA R&D discoveries aren’t given as patents to foreign governments for FREE. For nothing, and they make the profit.

        These discoveries will go to the American people, the ones that pay for NASA. We are not obligated to give our innovations and inventions to the world.

        I have retired NASA in my family and many of the inventions were just given away. Unbelievable!

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    • Aguila2011 says:

      I wonder, haven’t read the text of the speech, but did he throw down a challenge like “We will put a woman on the moon within the next 7 years (end of his 2nd term)? You know it has to be a woman, especially with Ivanka eyeballing the woman astronauts in them pix.

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  16. USA loves Melania says:

    June 16th, 2015: One escalator ride for a man (and a woman), one giant leap for mankind.

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  17. bulwarker says:

    Make America Great Again. No where is this slogan illustrated more than in our now-beleaguered space program that was once the envy of the world.

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  18. WeThePeople2016 says:

    I am so glad to see this happening – long overdue. Now, bring back I Dream of Jeannie to TV!!!

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  19. TreeperInTraining says:

    So…America will finally travel to the moon?

    (Yes, I’m a tin foil hat wearing doubter). Don’t throw rotten veggies, please.

    This is wonderful…and it will be a chance for America, not to just minimally tread water in various arenas, but be truly great again.

    This is a huge win, in my book…really good for our collective soul.

    Imho

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  20. Could we just get rid of Ivanka. She’s a Lefty and should go home.

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  21. MaineCoon says:

    So many astronauts gave the glory to our Creator God when they saw His glorious creation earth from the heavenly perspective of the moon. So I fully support more space exploration! To God be the glory!

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  22. scott467 says:

    “The directive I’m signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use. ”

    ________________

    This is so far beyond great I can’t even express it properly 🙂

    Before the election, I said many times that DJT’s age was an important factor, a huge asset over people like Cruz, who were not even alive back when America was actually great. How could someone of Cruz’s generation ever make America great AGAIN, when he isn’t old enough to even remember when America WAS great?

    Like Cruz, I was too young to remember when America did great things, like landing on the MOON. People who remember that lived in a time when America did amazing things, and that has a positive impact on the general population that generations since are completely missing.

    For the generations since, landing on the Moon is just a story, like learning about WWII instead of living through it. It’s history, it’s not something we experienced. All that my generation experienced was doing laps around the earth in the Space Bus. It’s like we put the whole country in ‘neutral’ or coasted backwards for the last 45 years…

    This is fantastic news. I hope we get to see this happen, that we go to the Moon again, before the end of DJT’s second term!

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    • tonyE says:

      I clearly remember the First Landing On The Moon. We were watching it on a black and white TV in the Old Country (Western Europe).

      It was a world wide event… well maybe the Commies didn’t get to see it.

      Naturally, being in the Old Country, everybody popped the champagne when Neil put his feet on the surface- “it’s a small step… ” but yet another chance for Euros to drink to everybody’s health! Salud! ;-D

      Yours truly, not even ten, only had one glass of champagne. Kids then, you know? 😉

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  23. Rudy Bowen says:

    Well, I’m ecstatic about this, to say the least. Also thawing towards Pence for the first time.
    Two things I haven’t seen mentioned on this thread…first, this will help the environment big time because a lot of polluting heavy industry can be moved into orbit. Ha, think about riding a space elevator to work! Second, there is another big step that pretty much requires a moon base to get done. La Grange orbital colonies.
    Aside from these thoughts, it sounds like the ‘new’ NASA will be going back to space exploration (and space exploitation) for the right reasons, not as a ‘race’ to beat the Russians or something. It was too heavily politicized back in the beginning.
    I hope I live long enough, at least, to see the new delivery systems landing on the moon again. Will it be something like Saturn V boosters, shuttles, ? It has been a long time, and it will be interesting to see how it gets done this time.
    Going back to our destiny won’t save the human race and it won’t change our brawling, bickering nature. But it certainly will improve our lives in so many ways and it will make our odds of surviving our race’s adolescence a lot better.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Will it be something like Saturn V boosters, shuttles, ?”

      _________________________

      The Saturn V, that would be my choice for sure.

      If there is one lesson that should be taught every year, from Kindergarten through college, it is a course called “If it Ain’t Broke, DON’T fix it!“.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      The next generation large booster, the SLS, is projected to look something like this.

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  24. Sure, lets suck another $1T out of the economy to pay for more boondoggle govt space missions that could of been used for factories, and even god for big savings. NASA is mostly used for military spy missions. Its just another front for the mil-ind complex. It doesnt need more money, its needs to be shut down. Let the private sector explore space. Its 10x more efficient with no corruption, govt cronies, or politics.

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    • LafnH20 says:

      10x huh… Link?

      Imo, the “Private sector”. (As in. .. Privatize PROFIT… Socialize DEBT) can’t make a decent Hamburguesa.

      No corruption, govt cronies, or politics…… Lolololololololololololololol…
      Snort….
      No corruption…
      Not even a smidgen….

      HA!!!
      Imo

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      The private sector has been blowing smoke about taking over space exploration for 30 years and so far has sent NO ONE into orbit. Americans spend more on cosmetics annually than NASA spends on space flight. Shutting down NASA has been a leftwing wetdream for a long, long time and if Killary was president The Cape would be a ghost town and every slum would have free Clinternet phones and fake news services.

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  25. PatriotGalNC says:

    I am very thrilled about this announcement! I wasn’t aware that PDJT was working on this. LOVE IT!! Imagine, real NASA news again, and not the global warming b.s. that our tax dollars have been funding..It make so much sense to begin reaching for the stars again.

    OH! To remind anyone interested: The annual Geminid Meteor Shower is at peak (near midnight) between today and the 13th! Go out and see if you can witness this amazing show!

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  26. Y Mi Nombre Es..... says:

    Spending tax payers’ money on fooking around with uninhabitable planets is not only a disgrace it should be criminal!! Listen dummies…no one is gonna walk on the face of Mars. GTF over that already. Good Gawd!!! That money would do wonders right here at home on planet Earth. But hey…those political shysters you voted for have to get their kickbacks. That’s why every shyster on Capitol Hill is a multimillionaire. SUCKERS!!!!

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    • NewfTea says:

      Huff Po is that-a-way. Make a hard left.
      <=====

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    • scott467 says:

      “Spending tax payers’ money on fooking around with uninhabitable planets is not only a disgrace it should be criminal!!”

      ________________

      If we just pulled the plug on all the failed social engineering programs and bogus subsidies, and booted all the illegal aliens out of the country, we would have more than enough money to rebuild the infrastructure of the entire country, go to Mars, pay off the national debt in a few years and cut everybody’s taxes by historic levels.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Listen dummies…no one is gonna walk on the face of Mars. GTF over that already. Good Gawd!!! That money would do wonders right here at home on planet Earth.”

      ________________

      Unless maybe there’s GOLD in them thar hills of Mars!

      You don’t know what you don’t know, that’s why you go to find out, and you find out lots of other useful information in the process, along the way.

      Don’t worry, it’s not like navel gazers are going to be drafted for this mission, lol!

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Ad Rem cleanup in aisle 5!

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    • Rudy Bowen says:

      No. Destiny. We embrace it or we go extinct.
      Tha.. tha.. that’s all, folks.

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  27. I have told my Latin students: if America has NOT established moon bases, and/or bases on Mars, and/or a REAL space station with artificial gravity in geosynchronous orbit by the time they are my age (late 60’s), if the Chinese or anyone else has outdone America in space, then they will have the answer as to whether or not America declined, or resisted the Leftist forces of declinism to become Great Again!

    It is an absolute disgrace to Neil Armstrong and all the other astronauts and NASA people of the 1950’s-1980’s that we are now using RUSSIAN rockets for some of our payloads! Chrysler built the Saturn V engines! It is high time to Americanize an American program for outer space!

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    • tazz2293 says:

      To send Americans to the International Space Station they have to fly there on Russian Rockets.

      What does that tell you as to how far we have fallen as a space farring country?

      I don’t know what the future holds, none of us do, but it might be extremely important to the survival of the human race that we return to exploring space. That we become a space farring people once again.

      One thing is certain that if the human race in whatever form it is to evolve to, in about 5 billion years will have to leave this planet. The sun will begin dying and enter its Red Giant phase, at that point the earth will most likely be devoured by the Sun. Most certainly Earth will be burned to a cinder and no life will remain.

      Humans have always been explorers. We already send unmanned probes to Pluto, to the outer reaches of the Solar system, to Jupiter, to Mars, to Saturn, to Venus. Space exploration/colonization is the next step in the evolution of the human race.

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    • scott467 says:

      That launch sequence and the landing on the Moon never gets old… 🙂

      My favorite is the up-close view of the rocket lifting off past the stationary camera, and we see in big bright red letters “United States” followed by:

      U

      S

      A

      I can’t find the specific video that I’m referring to, the closest I can find is this one at real-time speed, not as close-up, fast forward to the 6:10 mark:

      .

      I found this one while I was searching for the one referenced above, the first 30 seconds of liftoff, close up of the base of the rocket, in slow motion:

      https://lightsinthedark.com/2015/09/29/watch-incredible-high-speed-footage-of-the-apollo-11-saturn-v-liftoff/

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    • huecowacko says:

      “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” there’s been much argument about what Neil Armstrong said exactly, the video is pretty much clear. Thanks for posting that video.

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  28. freq says:

    space is the place… to be…

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  29. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Big space fan here. Highlights of my life were meeting 11 Apollo astronauts, including 4 moonwalkers, particularly Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan last year, and meeting/having lunch with Apollo11 command module pilot Mike Collins….I have the photos to prove it if anyone can tell me how to post them here 🙂

    As much as I applaud Trumps proclamation, it’s basically paying lip service to the idea unless there is significant increase in NAsa funding.

    SpaceX has a more realistic chance of landing on the moon with their new reusable BFR rocket that they will be transistoning to over the next decade. That will be able to launch 150 tonnes into low earth orbit, and doesn’t need to refuel anywhere. It will be able to land on the moon and relaunch back to earth, with technology that has already been largely proved.

    NASA’s SLS rocket is a huge white elephant that will probably only fly twice, and ridiculously expensive compared to it’s SpaceX competition.

    Personally I think there ought to be a multicountry effort (a’la the International Space Station) to go back to the moon, and on to Marss.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Elon Musk’s pet project (federally subsidized of course) SpaceX is a novelty company and has been a nice distraction these past few years. However, it is nowhere near building a man-rated vehicle and probably never will be.

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      • Deplorable Canuck says:

        Yeah….they said that about being able to land and reuse…..he’s landed 19 times now…and reused 3 times.. Forecasts are that they will dominate the launch market which will grow to $1T.

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        • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

          Well, they’re also forecasting a lot of people will buy his 1/4 million dollar electric roadster supercar and we all know that’s not going to happen. It’s good to have big dreams but reality must be accepted sooner or later. There will always be new competition for launching small payloads. Satellite companies don’t care if rockets are used once and done or part of some booster recycling program. They care about two things, a fair price and reliability. Those concerned with sending people up, out, into space only care about one thing, safety.

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          • Deplorable Canauck says:

            ‘. They care about two things, a fair price and reliability. Those concerned with sending people up, out, into space only care about one thing, safety.’

            Yep….all goals of SpaceX’s BFR rocket. They will have the lowest launch costs by far thanks to reusability. And reliability is a core component of the new methane powered Raptor engines. SpaceX is aiming for jet aircraft level reliability in these engines. And they’ve already proved the new heat shield technology. With all those you have inherent safety.

            I know folks on here like to bash Musk cause he dissed Potus. Doesn’t take away from the fact the technology for SpaceX to land on the moon and/or Mars has been tested/proven. Also SpaceX’s business model is sustainable and growing. Tesla is another question.

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  30. EM Drive/Cannae or the (Ring/electromagnetic ) Drive! Yes, I believe it’s possible.

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  31. I honestly believe, IF,, We as a Society were NOT dumbing down the Masses, We could accomplish this in 20 years, or less..

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  32. I WAS 6 years old.. HOW MANY HERE..
    Were glued to their TV setr(s), ..
    All of 1~2 or 3 Channels,, (or listening to the radio..
    In between reports from Viet-Nam..
    Watching the Lunar Moon Landing?
    I remember as a Kid of 6 years old,, watching it..
    And the Early Morning reports from Nam..
    AND the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Cereal boxes ,, sending in box tops & green Stamps to get a cardboard model of the Lunar Lander on the Moon?

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    • tazz2293 says:

      I was 7. What a great time to be a kid in America

      These moron children today have no idea what America’s greatness is/was.

      Maybe if they could get their faces out of their phones they might actually learn what it means to be an American.

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      • Yes, I also remember.. We put “Wheel’s” on plywood, (or whatever” to Surf & turf down a YUGE hill (kids would stop traffic),, Things that I wouldn’t even consider, riding today.. We were “all-out” FUN.. Scrapes, bruises, what-ever We recovered..
        Really especially the snows of 1978, in the N.C. region.. (Ft. Bragg/Fayetnam.. )
        (I bout took My whole nose off on a sled) ;). Plastic surgery the natural way..
        What the Lord happened?
        Protecting kids from .. Well being kids?
        My freaking Daughter is a Helicopter Parent..
        Yet..
        I let HER swim in alligator infested waters?
        WTH..
        I’m just SMDH..

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    • Janie M. says:

      crossthread, a flash from the past! I loved S&H Green Stamps. You could redeem your filled books for good merchandise.

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    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      I was 11 when we landed on the Moon. I was glued to the set at every broadcast. Most of it was simulations. Before that I only watched cartoons so I missed early Vietnam and only remember the death of JFK as the time there was no cartoons on TV. I have the feeling my parents didn’t watch much news in the 60’s because we had a lot of children in the family and why upset the kids with war. My family were California conservatives and could care less about the Northeastern Democrat Kennedys. My father was crushed when they made Nixon resign. We followed Reagan though, from California to the White House. We loved how he took on those hippies.

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    • tazz2293 says:

      WE were one of the first in our neighborhood to have a color TV. Parents threw a big party and most of the neighborhood was at our house watching this in Living Color on the Color TV set.

      Can’t remember what it actually looked like but it was something like this.

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      • We had a color set in 1969..
        One of those Rental things on/off base? Plus my Dad WON in a Poker game a,won a, 69, 442.. When I was growing up.. Bad assed car..
        (My Da had just come back from Nam..)..
        He used to race it up & down Bragg blvd, (it was the strip then).. Lots of outdoor Movie Stuff & BARS. (Remember Haywood St) downtown.
        I remember seeing alot of different Movies on the Silver/Outdoor screen, Like *Vanishing Point*,, & Clint Eastwood Movies (Fist full of Dollars etc).. Good, Bad & the Ugly. etc..

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    • Janie M. says:

      crossthread, Astronaut Alan Bean walked on the moon on the 19th and 20th of November, 1969. He’s a talented artist who created paintings of his fellow moon-walking astronauts. For some, he incorporated moon dust into the paint.

      http://www.alanbean.com/

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  33. tazz2293 says:

    Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Message to the people of Earth

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