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SPACE IS THE PLACE: Will Trump follow-up on his promise to explore the "mysteries of space"?

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While listening to President Trump’s inaugural address, and being struck by its aggressive, disturbing and divisive tone – and no real sense of history in the message – one thing did catch my cynical ear, and it has to do with a subject that I think has only been half-heartedly addressed by recent American presidents.

Here was the line: “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.”

There is sort of a Jetsons, “Space Age” feel about that line. It almost makes me wonder if Trump chum Newt Gingrich had something to do with it, considering Gingrich’s recent statements about America needing to build bases on the Moon.

In fact, that was the only issue I agreed with Gingrich on when he ran for president. And yet when Red Dirt Report asked Mitt Romney in 2012 what his plans were for expanding America’s role in space exploration, he gave a rather bland reply, which I note here.

So now, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden having resigned his position on Friday, and an interim administrator (Robert Lightfoot) in that role, it will be interesting to see who Trump chooses to lead our space agency. Will it be U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa)? 

The fact that no new NASA administrator has not been chosen could be a good sign – that Team Trump is being very diligent in picking the best person for a job that requires an inspiring style.

Who will Trump appoint to influence space policy? We already know from this Space News op/ed from Trump team members Peter Navarro and Robert S. Walker, that the new president has made it clear that “A 21st century space policy requires a bold combination of public missions, commercial solutions and the agility to address real threats and real opportunities.”

We agree!

And what really excited me in this op/ed was how Navarro and Walker firmly state that “(h)uman exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century should be NASA’s focus and goal.”

This is exciting. I don’t recall those in serving in the administrations of Clinton, Bush Jr. or Obama making such statements. Please correct me if I’m wrong, however.

In any event, if space exploration and the expansion of science (not exploitation) prove to be key parts of a Trump presidency, then Red Dirt Report supports that.

As long as he doesn't drag us into World War III, of course ...

In any event. done correctly, a big announcement about plans for human space exploration of the Moon and planets could prove very inspiring, for young and old alike.

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