The non-science President redirects NASA to re-focus on space exploration.

You might have missed this in the flurry on news last week…

President Trump issued an Executive Order redirecting NASA’s mission:

The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.

It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use.

This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints — we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond — and bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.

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I know what you must be thinking: What’s newsworthy about that … hasn’t that been NASA’s mission all along?

Nope.

President Trump’s Executive Order reverses former-President Obama’s marching orders for NASA.

In case memories have faded, let’s flashback to 2010 ….

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In 2010, President Obama told NASA administrator Charles Bolden that his highest priority should be “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science.” Source: RealClearPoliticse

Say, what?

Before you shout “no way”, be advised:

When interviewed by Al Jazeera in 2010, NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden said that President (Barack) Obama told him  that he wanted him to do three things: (1) inspire children to learn math and science, (2) expand international relationships and (3) “perhaps foremost”, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science. Source: PolitiFacts

No mention of moon landing, space exploration or other heroic scientific feats.

For more background, see How Barack Obama ruined NASA space exploration

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Bottom line: The oft-maligned non-science President seems to be the one who’s boosting science and getting NASA back on track again.

P.S. This Halloween, my 3 year old grandson dressed as an Astronaut – orange jumpsuit and all.

He’s all in for making America great again.

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2 Responses to “The non-science President redirects NASA to re-focus on space exploration.”

  1. John H Carpenter Says:

    Obama did not go back to the moon. Nether did both Bush presidents who also promised the same thing. The simple fact is funding. NASA is currently funded at about 0.4% of the national budget. When we last went to the moon it was funded at about 5%. We are not going to the moon on Trump’s new budget for the same reason we are not going to build a wall. No money. I would actually be happy if the things you list as Obama’s initiatives, but are really just a politician’s musing about another politician in an environment where they can be expected to pander to the audience, and then relayed to us by a conservative pundit through a conservative publication (yeah, I am sure we have both sides of that story), came to past. That is at least productive and positive. Production in any positive aspect is not something I expect from Trump. His pronouncement otherwise is just another lie.

  2. Al Says:

    “The oft-maligned non-science President seems to be the one who’s boosting science and getting NASA back on track again.”

    Consider this: it might actually be that he is deflecting attention away from the investigation into Russia’s contribution to his accession to the presidency.

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