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The White House announced President Trump will sign “Space Policy Directive 1” on Monday, which will start the process of sending American astronauts back to the Moon – and eventually Mars.
The Moon shined brightly this year, whether it was blocking out the Sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating our human space exploration plans. Take a look at our 2017 in review: https://t.co/cYkuLGHk28 pic.twitter.com/bLxiYlWgGn
— NASA (@NASA) December 10, 2017
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley revealed the directive orders NASA to “Lead an innovative space exploration program,” adding that the President’s move is based on recommendations from the National Space Council.
Here is a White House statement on the signing of Space Policy Directive 1 today/ pic.twitter.com/Bjij9XCM6Z
— Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) December 11, 2017
“He will change our nation’s human spaceflight policy to help America become the driving force for the space industry, gain new knowledge from the cosmos, and spur incredible technology,” Gidley said during the announcement.