Donald Trump signed a new directive on Monday with the goal of getting NASA back into space.
Mr. Trump said on signing the order that it will “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.”
“Imagine the possibility waiting in those big beautiful stars if we dare to dream big. That’s what our country is doing again, we’re dreaming big,” the president said.
He added, “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.”
Vice President Mike Pence vowed that under President Trump, “America will lead in space once again.”
“For nearly 25 years, our government’s commitment seems to have not matched the spirit of the American people,” he said.
“But I’m here to tell you, that as we still enter this new century, we will beat back any disadvantage that our lack of attention has placed, and America will once again lead in space for the benefit and security of all of our people and all of the world.”