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News Archive / Tagged: Donald Trump

  • Trump calls for creation of ‘Space Force’

    Jim SharkeyJune 22nd, 2018

    During a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House on June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump announced he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the U.S. military - to focus on space.

  • NASA Administrator expresses support for Space Policy Directive-3

    Jason RhianJune 19th, 2018

    With the threat of space debris destroying satellites, crewed spacecraft and even the International Space Station increasing, processes have been initiated to help alleviate and prevent this threat. NASA's new Administrator Jim Bridenstine made several statements about the new Space Policy Directive-3.

  • NASA’s exploration goals come into focus with updated road map

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2018

    Four months after President Trump directed NASA to return to the Moon, the agency has presented a road map to meet the goals outlined in Space Policy Directive-1. The updated plan shifts focus from the previous "Journey to Mars" campaign back to the Moon, and—eventually—to the Red Planet.

  • OPINION: Ending ISS too soon would be an Apollo-sized mistake

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 4th, 2018

    It appears the Trump administration may look to end support for the International Space Station by 2025. This proposal, if approved by Congress, would be a huge mistake similar to that of ending the Apollo program in 1972.

  • OPINION: How NASA became a ping-pong ball

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2017

    For 30 years, NASA's human space flight program was in a secure, albeit uninspiring, trajectory – low-Earth orbit. The loss of the Shuttle Columbia and her seven-member crew on Feb. 1, 2003, changed all that. The Shuttle era was set to end and the agency would discover there's something even more dangerous than re-entering Earth's atmosphere with damaged heat tiles – politicians.

  • Trump policy directive makes Moon NASA’s official goal for human exploration

    Bart LeahyDecember 12th, 2017

    In a brief but pointed Dec. 11, 2017, ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, which officially directs NASA to send astronauts back to the Moon as a precursor effort to exploring Mars.

  • Rep. James Bridenstine nominated as NASA Administrator

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 2nd, 2017

    Late in the evening, Sept. 1, 2017, the White House announced that President Trump had nominated Rep. James Bridenstine, R-Okla., to be the next NASA Administrator. The U.S. Senate, which returns from its August break on Sept. 5, will need to confirm him before he can take up the role as the head of the U.S. space agency.

  • President Trump revives the past to help shape the future of spaceflight

    Curt GodwinJuly 2nd, 2017

    In a move that had been anticipated since late in his campaign, President Trump signed an Executive Order re-establishing the National Space Council on Friday, June 30, 2017. The Council, disbanded in 1993, will be chaired by Vice President Pence and staffed by members of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

  • NASA officials detail FY 2018 budget proposal

    Derek RichardsonMay 24th, 2017

    The Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the federal government on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Much of what was proposed for NASA remains the same as what was seen in the “skinny budget” back in March, including the elimination of the agency’s Office of Education and several Earth Sciences missions.

  • ‘Space ninja’ Peggy Whitson sets space duration record, Trump congratulates

    Derek RichardsonApril 24th, 2017

    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has broken the space duration record set by Jeff Williams last year by surpassing 534 cumulative days in space over her three long-duration missions.

  • Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization act of 2017

    Derek RichardsonMarch 21st, 2017

    President Donald Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization act of 2017 into law on March 21, 2017. The bill is the first such act passed by Congress and subsequently signed by the president since 2010.

  • Trump Administration proposes 2018 NASA budget

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 17th, 2017

    The recent release of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget blueprint reveals that many of the items he said he would cut for NASA are actually being cut in favor of continuing other NASA priorities. The overall cut to the NASA budget is less than 1 percent of the 2017 budget which is good news for the space agency. The total NASA budget as proposed is $19.1 billion.

  • Trump: ‘American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream’

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 28th, 2017

    During President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, he made a single reference to human space exploration. However, the Feb. 28, 2017, speech, which included a number of priority policy items, did not give any clue to any proposed direction the 45th U.S. president has in mind for NASA.

  • Bill introduced to redirect NASA to Moon, establish sustained presence

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 7th, 2017

    A bill that would direct NASA to return to the Moon and establish a sustained presence was referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 3, 2017.

  • NASA leadership in transition after resignation of Administrator Bolden

    Bart LeahyJanuary 26th, 2017

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden resigned on Jan. 20, 2017, following the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. NASA’s associate administrator and former Marshall Space Flight Center director, Robert Lightfoot, has stepped in to serve as acting administrator until a new one is nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.