Pres. Trump Signs New Space Policy Directive to Increase Jobs, Exploration

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order reviving the National Space Council. (Photo/ The White House)

December 12, 2017
OAN Newsroom

President Trump signed the SPD-1 Space Policy Initiative, which will send American astronauts to the moon and eventually Mars.

The president made the announcement Monday alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who said the directive will ensure America will be leading the modern space race for future generations.

The new initiative comes on the 45th anniversary of the last U.S. mission to the moon.

The president applauded the new space initiative, saying it will create more domestic jobs and shows America is starting to dream big once again.

A view of earth from the International Space Station. (AP/ file photo)

“The directive I am signing today {Monday} will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” announced President Trump. “We will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for a eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond.”

During the briefing, Vice President Pence stated the new order will “enhance our national security,” along with defending the American people.