Trump: Making America First in Space Again

Credit: Matt Wade

WASHINGTON, DC (White House PR) — Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. The bill demonstrates strong bipartisan support for our Nation’s space program and helps ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery.

“With this legislation, we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery,” said President Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House. “America’s space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world. Almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history.  Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and brave new future for American space flight.”

The Act, passed unanimously by Congress, authorizes the development and execution of a long-range plan for deep space human exploration; invests in robust science, technology and aeronautics portfolios; and endorses the Agency’s successful efforts to nurture a new commercial market that will boost our economy and create more jobs. Additionally, it guarantees vastly improved health care for the heroes who risk their lives in the exploration of space.

Acting Administrator Lightfoot added, “NASA would like to thank President Trump for his unwavering support of the Agency and express our gratitude to a bipartisan Congress for its thoughtful consideration of NASA’s future. We are grateful for the longstanding support and trust of the American people. NASA stands ready to meet the challenge of pioneering new frontiers in space.”

The Authorization Act signed today and the President’s proposed $19.1 billion budget announced last week provide a powerful framework for NASA and a roadmap for this Nation’s future in space. These steps reaffirm that NASA should remain a multi-mission agency with a balanced set of core missions in science, space technology, aeronautics, human space flight and exploration, and work to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Attendees of the White House signing ceremony with the President included:

  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot
  • Acting NASA Deputy Administrator Lesa B. Roe
  • NASA Chief of the Astronaut Office Christopher Cassidy
  • NASA Astronaut Tracy Dyson
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, Sponsor of S.442
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, Cosponsor of S.442
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, Cosponsor of S.442
  • Sen. Luther Strange
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader
  • Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Rep. Frank Lucas, Vice Chair of House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt
  • Rep. Brian Babin
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine
  • Rep. Mo Brooks
  • Rep. John Culberson
  • Rep. Neal Dunn
  • Rep. Steve Palazzo
  • Rep. Bill Posey
  • Rep. Martha Roby

  • Jeff2Space

    So far this is still mostly rhetoric. The pretty words on paper may not translate into dollars in the future. When Congress approves the next full year’s budget, we’ll see what the politicians really have in store for NASA.

  • NASA, Constellation, the Corn Dog, SLS and Orion are truly bipartisan American debacles.

    Much like the current sedition and treason in the white house and republican party.

    And the Democrats Helped (in my best fake southern Doug Cooke drawl)!

  • ReSpaceAge

    So if you want good government health care you need to float in space?

  • windbourne

    what a load of BS.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    You think Communism is the answer to all our problems? Did you know that the sonafabitch murderer V.I Lenin, admitted that Communism/Socialism does not work?

  • Reality and evidence works for me. The reality of the evidence I have in hand indicates to me that this administration is the most corrupt and incompetent I have witnessed in my lifetime. It also indicates to me that you’re a Canadian citizen.

  • Vladislaw

    Why do you even bother with a website blog that is devoted to facts and technology. You should stick with your big three…. breitbart, michael savage and info wars… now THERE are some places filled with rocket scientists.

  • windbourne

    I suspect that by next year’s budget, that this admin and Congress will be in turmoil.

  • Search

    Because we didnt get Hillary and her brand of cronyism right? Go take a breath.

  • Search

    Yeah this website is full of peole who “think” they are rocket scientists. I could name a few – and no its not you.

  • Search

    Dont act so surprised. This is the same window dressing we get from every administration. The reality is that NASA, despite all the huffing and puffing in blogs like this, is a small smidgen of the budget that has great cross aisle support in those few districts it affects and at best neutral suppport in the districts it doesnt (likely because it IS so small). The only consistent thing is that no one can agree on what to keep and what to toss. At the very least we didnt get a complete 180 back to the Moon out of this – thereby neutering the precious few advancements in Mars efforts that occured over the last 8-10 years. Congress has so involved itself in managing NASA that the Administartor has little latitude – TBD if thats good or bad.

  • No, simply because they deny science.

    That pretty much rules out engineering.

  • windbourne

    Eh. Yeah. I can see what u say, with 1 exception.
    U obviously believe that going to the moon is foolhardy. Ok. But then let me ask u, how do we get launch costs way down low?
    To get to Mars, it has to be affordable. And the first requirement is very cheap access. The only way to have that, is a very SHLV, which is launched every quarter, if not monthly. What cargo/destination can produce a need of 300 tonnes every month.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    It is quite evident to most that communism does not work, but socialism definitely does. Examples for you to study: Canada, UK, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, and many others even including the USA. Social democracies dominate the developed industrialised world. The key to successful implementation, and the problem with which all governments continually grapple, is having the optimal degree of regulation, to maximise social and economic benefit.

  • redneck

    And I have one objection to your post. You say the only way is a very SHLV. That implies that there are no other viable solutions when you say only. If you had said best, I would accept that as your opinion. When someone says only, there is an implied intent to kill all other options. That gets the SLS mindset in which every dollar to any other program is considered an attack on the One True Way. There are others that think that only total support to Elon is acceptable, which should be obviously false as well.

    IMO the best option is a medium LV that has passed beyond reusable into the realm of low maintenance fleet with gas-n-go turnaround. One large enough to carry the indivisible pieces while still small enough for easy ground handling at multiple sites that don’t require large infrastructure investment………. This is not the only way though. A Sea Dragon variation may make it at some point, or a super small laser launch vehicle with advanced 3-D printing in orbit to make the pieces, or a mass produced expendable that gets the hardware costs into the weeds. …….IOW, My opinion of the best way should not freeze out other possibilities and declaring that anything is the only way is a good way to harm all of the options.

  • duheagle

    Canada, UK, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, and many others even including the USA have many differences as well as things in common, but one of the latter is not socialism. But if it soothes your lefty soul in some way to imagine that The Revolution has already been won, you certainly have my blessing. Would that every other person of your persuasion were kicking back at the beach and sipping parasol drinks all day instead of ceaselessly scheming new ways to screw up the lives of the rest of us. I’d even be willing to call out a lively “Greetings, Comrade Mike!” whenever we met on the street.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    You do know the soviet union is failed and gone don’t you?. “lefty soul”, “comrade”, “the revolution”, what are you talking about?. You seem to be stuck in some perpetual cold war dystopia; this is 2017, economic and social reality is the name of the game. Are you really so unaware that the term “socialism” applies to a wide range of socioeconomic implementations, including, a carefully regulated market based economy tied to a just and compassionate social infrastructure.

    “…ceaselessly scheming new ways to screw up the lives of the rest of us”
    Wanting clean air and water, access to healthcare and education, equal protection and advantage under the law, the opportunity to not die in poverty. My persuasion is that I believe that to flourish as an individual requires that we flourish as a global society. Perhaps this all means that I am indeed not one of “the rest of us”.

  • Jeff2Space

    They’re in turmoil right now between trying to rollback healthcare reform and the ongoing investigation of the campaign and Administration’s ties to Russia.

  • redneck

    You are aware that socialism only works at all in a society wealthy enough to afford the deadweight losses?

  • Vladislaw

    I have never claimed to be a rocket scientist .. I studied economics at the University not aerospace engineering. Doesn’t stop me from having an opinion though..

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    I’m curious as to what you believe democratic socialism to entail – have you ever been to western Europe?.
    And, I can but wonder what it is you mean by “deadweight losses”.

  • redneck

    Deadweight losses are very difficult to explain to non productive people. You could think of it as friction generated by those that think they know what I should be doing with my business instead of minding their own. In the economics machine as in physical machines, friction slows, damages or even prevents productive operation. Some friction is inevitable, the socialists that I know of seem to think that more is always better. As in regulating certain markets that are quite capable of self regulation, to the detriment of all except the bureaucrats that live off of the corruption.

  • mike_shupp

    It took two dozen people to witness the signing of a basically routine kick-the-can-down-the-road authorization bill? Not to mention all the twittering and associated web coverage. For something which isn’t going to rate a single line in any official history of the Trump administration.

    I guess it supports the argument that people in Washington DC don’t work hard enough. But these were mostly elected officials, not the much maligned Civil Service types.

  • publiusr

    People need to quit trying to kill SLS at this point. Better–it might be cheaper to fund payloads for it than a separate ITS system.

    Go with the punches.

  • SLS and Orion have been dead for years. There is nothing to kill.

    They’re just spending the money on votes.

  • duheagle

    Capitalism plus a welfare state apparatus is not socialism. The so-called “socialist” parties of Europe and elsewhere now try to pretend otherwise, but the fact is that socialism, as originally described by Marx, has never worked anywhere it has been tried. High taxes and a large welfare state “sidecar” on a base of capitalism is the best the left has been able to do. Anything closer to classical Marxian socialism than that tends to have a short and unlovely life before collapsing in blood and ruin. Recent experimental evidence in support of my thesis – Venezuela.

  • duheagle

    As redneck declined to answer your first question, I hope he doesn’t mind if I step up and have a go.

    Yes, I’ve been to Western Europe. I worked for two years there in four different countries – Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy – from late 1976 until late 1978 as an expatriate computer programmer for an American multinational corporation.

    Anything else you’d like to know? Just ask.

  • Paul451

    Belatedly:

    but the fact is that socialism, as originally described by Marx

    Socialism pre-dates Marx by at least a century. It therefore was never “originally” described by him. Marx and Engels were one small fringe of German socialist philosophy that became a one-hit-wonder in Russia, and from there infested other places. (Mainly because a number of Asian and African countries sent their officers to Imperial Russia for military training, and stupidly continued after the Communist revolution. Hence, Mao, Ho, etc. By contrast, those sent to British schools tended to create strongman dictatorships.)

    Socialism isn’t communism. No matter how much communists (and the US right) tried to pretend it was.