President Donald Trump wants to make the moon great again. Mars too.
On Monday, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1. The directive is found in a Presidential Memorandum on “Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program.”
“The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” said President Trump at the signing ceremony.
“It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use,” said the President. “This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints — we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.”
Watch the remarks from the signing ceremony:
The memorandum instructs that NASA should, “Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”
Outlined in the memorandum’s initial language are a set of, “missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.”
The signing coincided with the 4th anniversary of the last mission to the moon.
#OTD 45 years ago, Astronaut Harrison Schmitt landed on the Moon. Here, at a signing ceremony instructing NASA to send humans back to the lunar surface, he shows @IvankaTrump the Moon sample he collected in 1972: https://t.co/rgKiSVsr3B pic.twitter.com/h5deRQF3p9
— NASA (@NASA) December 11, 2017
NASA On Making The Moon Great Again
“The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond, ” wrote NASA in a press release on the announcement by the President.
“NASA looks forward to supporting the president’s directive strategically aligning our work to return humans to the Moon, travel to Mars and opening the deeper solar system beyond,” said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot in the statement.
Nearly eight years too late and on his way out of office, Obama decided the Mars project should be re-started.