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News Archive / Tagged: Donald Trump

  • 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: ‘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.

  • NASA absent from 2017 Inauguration Parade

    Jason RhianJanuary 21st, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — When President Obama first took office in 2008, NASA had to feel like they had done something wrong as they were placed dead last – even behind the "World Famous" Lawn Rangers. However, for the Inaugural Parade of Donald J. Trump, NASA was not represented at all.

  • OPINION: President-elect Trump’s NASA landing team continues to take shape

    Curt GodwinDecember 26th, 2016

    Though both candidates made clear their position on a multitude of issues prior to the election, their view of NASA's role in our nation's spacefaring efforts wasn't really among them. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump often gave politically expedient answers when asked what their vision for NASA, but neither has ever really presented a coherent roadmap for its future.

  • AIA, CSE renew call to support space exploration roadmap on Trump Administration

    Jason RhianNovember 28th, 2016

    Since 2009, when the Obama White House succeeded in cancelling NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, the U.S. Space Agency has lacked a coherent direction concerning its crewed exploration efforts. A possible path forward for the agency is gaining momentum as well as the support of two prominent space-advocacy organizations.

  • OPINION: What’s the worst thing that could happen to NASA under Trump’s presidency?

    Jason RhianNovember 13th, 2016

    A Trump presidency, often joked about and derided, is now a reality. With Donald Trump often described as the “ultimate outsider”, what should, or rather, what shouldn’t the president-elect do regarding space policy.

  • OPINION: What are the 2016 presidential contenders’ views on space?

    Jim SiegelSeptember 25th, 2016

    Voters are likely having a hard time learning about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump feel about space exploration. Neither of their websites mentions NASA or space exploration. The platforms for each Party only give a cursory mention of these topics. Space exploration simply doesn't top the agenda during this election.

  • Eileen Collins at RNC: We need leadership that will make America great again

    Jason RhianJuly 22nd, 2016

    Four-time Space Shuttle veteran Eileen Collins spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, for about three-and-a-half minutes concerning the United States' history in terms of exploration. She made her comments on the 47th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar landing.