Trump asks NASA to send astronauts back to the moon again

As he signed a policy directive Monday intended to “refocus the space program on human exploration and discovery,” President Donald Trump instructed NASA to return American astronauts to the moon, alluded to an “eventual mission to Mars” and promised to “restore American leadership in space.”

Flanked by NASA leadership and three astronauts, including former Sen. Jack Schmitt, one of the most recent men to have walked on the moon, Trump described the directive, portraying space exploration as an encapsulation of America’s “pioneering spirit.”

“Today, the same spirit beckons us to begin new journeys of exploration and discovery, to lift our eyes all of the ways up to the heavens and once again imagine the possibilities waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big and that’s what our country is doing again,” he said. “We’re dreaming big.”

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