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On Friday President Donald Trump sat down to re-establish the National Space Council when he signed an order and said that the US would begin a whole new chapter.
The ceremony was attended by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Trump said that the US would lead again, that after 25 years they would be the leaders like they had never led before. The National Space Council had existed last when H.W. Bush had been the President.
National Space Council Re-established After Signing Of Executive Order By Trump
President Trump said that the move would be a crucial step in securing the future of America in space and went on to say that the US was a nation of pioneers and that space was the next great frontier from the US. Trump said that Michael Pence, the Vice President, is going to chair the council.
Pence said in a statement that the US would have leadership in space and this was all due to President Trump’s vision. He went on to say that it was a privilege to be vice president for Trump, a president who always keeps the promises he makes to the people in the US. Pence said that Donald Trump had taken the first step towards ensuring the US is the leader once again in the final frontier and this is going to bring to the space policy of America a renewed sense of purpose that is going to have a benefit over all facets of life in the US.
He went on to say that by bringing back the council it would boost the economy, help in the creation of new technology, be the inspiration for children to get an education in math, technology, science or engineering.
When President Donald Trump has signed the order to re-establish the National Space Council he asked who should have the pen and everyone agreed that it should be Aldrin, he then turned to Buzz Aldrin and handed him the pen. There were around 25 people on the podium, including astronauts Aldrin, Benjamin Alvin Drew, and David Wolf. Also on the podium were three Congress members, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Omarosa Manigault.
The National Space Council was first created during 1898 when George H.W. Bush was the president of the United States and Vice President Dan Quayle had been in the chair, and it was then broken up in 1993. It is thought to be a version of the earlier National Aeronautics and Space Council that was modified, which ran from 1958 to 1973.
Back in October 2016 two senior policy advisers to Donald Trump, who was running for president, said that if elected Trump would bring back the national space policy council and it would be headed once again by the Vice President. During the early months of the Trump administration, Mike Pence had given an indication that the council would be re-established and it would go on to have a big involvement in the activities of America in space. On Friday 30 June 2017 President Trump signed the order.