Both the president and the vice president said today that NASA's focus on its human spaceflight program will help create jobs for the country, and both men briefly mentioned the defense and military applications of the space program.
Trump signed the space policy on Monday, which also marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission, which was the last time humans walked on the moon. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond".
"A permanent presence on the moon and American boots on the surface Mars are not impossible", Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, said in October; the company's founder, Elon Musk, has said his next rocket will be designed around visiting the moon as well as his beloved Mars. But the directive serves as an official rejection of the Obama administration's more open-ended space policy, putting the focus squarely back on the moon in the near term. But when a blue-ribbon committee reviewed human spaceflight in 2009, it said there was a mismatch between the scope of the program and the money available to support it: that exploring beyond low-Earth orbit wasn't going to be viable without billions of dollars more in funding.
But the £750 million project was shelved by Barack Obama in 2009 after being deemed too costly as the attention shifted to reaching Mars by the 2030s.
According to the new directive, the NASA administrator will "lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and worldwide partners to enable human expansion across the Solar System and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities".
The goal of the new Moon missions would include "long-term exploration and use" of its surface.
"This is a giant step towards that inspiring future and reclaiming America's proud destination in space". In other words, sending humans into space has represented a nice projection of soft power, but it has not been essential to America's domestic and foreign policy aims. The European Space Agency has long argued in favor of a lunar village exploration concept.
"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". In signing "Space Policy Directive-1", Trump committed NASA to send humans back to the Moon and then on to Mars. The White House has nominated Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine.
Samsung's Notebook 9 Series Gets Spec Bump Ahead of CES 2018
But Samsung played it safe by making it public, knowing that people might want to buy something new for the festival season. In addition to fingerprint sensor, the Notebook 9 Pen also gets an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition.
Local gas prices continue to drop
The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia were in Savannah at $2.37 per gallon, Brunswick at $2.36 and Atlanta at $2.34. It's ultimately up to owners to decide if premium fuel is worth it, but choosing regular won't harm engines .
Salvation Army to distribute donated toys from warehouse
Among the services that depend upon the annual Red Kettle campaign include a food panty that provides grocery assistance. The warehouse at 901 Trade St. has about 19,000 square feet, and the Salvation Army is using about half of that space.
Microsoft adds new features to its Bing search engine
Apart from that, Outlook is getting updated with Cortana and a preview of Microsoft Whiteboard is coming to Windows 10 devices. Bing Image Search uses computer vision and object recognition to allow users to shop for similar items across the web.
Global oil supply rises to highest level in 2017
OPEC nevertheless believes that an overhang of global stocks will dwindle next year, "arriving at a balanced market by late 2018". The prices for the majority of USA oil were an upset today even with the dwindling number of inventories that were recorded.
Eagles QB Wentz out for season with torn ACL
The touchdown was nullified by a penalty, but Wentz stayed in the game and tossed a TD pass to Alshon Jeffery four plays later. Pederson said there is no timetable to when Wentz will undergo surgery to address the injury.