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12 December 2017, 06:02 | Francis Delgado
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Bush had earlier started the Constellation program and he too meant to send astronauts to the moon by 2020 and then to Mars. "Today, we pledge that he will not be the last". It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972... However, Space Policy Directive 1 is now only an empty order without the funds to back it up.
Harrison Schmitt, an astronaut on Apollo 17, stood by the president while he signed Space Policy Directive 1.
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".
Nevertheless, the announcement was welcomed by NASA's Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who said the agency "looks forward to supporting the president's directive" and "strategically aligning our work to return humans to the Moon, travel to Mars and opening the deeper solar system beyond". That structure could serve as a kind of way station between the Earth and the Red Planet.
The president "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. They also said the country isn't the accepted leader in human space exploration any longer, but "should be a leader in space".
"We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond", Pence said at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council Oct. 5 at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. "In pursuing these objectives, Mr. President, we will, as you said, enhance our national security and our capacity to provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America". The U.S. commercial space industry has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital to develop innovative capabilities for lunar transport, operations, and resource utilization.
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