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President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-12-11 22:41:12

No more sending humans to an asteroid. We're going back to the Moon []:

The policy calls for the NASA administrator to "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." The effort will more effectively organize government, private industry, and international efforts toward returning humans on the Moon, and will lay the foundation that will eventually enable human exploration of Mars.

"The directive I am signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery," said President Trump. "It marks a first 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 footprints -- we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond."

The policy grew from a unanimous recommendation by the new National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, after its first meeting [] Oct. 5. In addition to the direction to plan for human return to the Moon, the policy also ends NASA's existing effort to send humans to an asteroid. The president revived the National Space Council in July to advise and help implement his space policy with exploration as a national priority.

President's remarks [] and White House release [].

Also at Reuters [] and New Scientist [].

Previously: Should We Skip Mars for Now and Go to the Moon Again? []
How to Get Back to the Moon in 4 Years, Permanently []
NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars []
NASA and Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on the Development of a Lunar Space Station []
Bigelow and ULA to Put Inflatable Module in Orbit Around the Moon by 2022 []

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