Message from the Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot:
Today, I attended President Trump’s signing of Space Policy Directive 1 at the White House. This directive marks a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.
The policy calls for the NASA administrator to “lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.” In addition to the direction to plan for human return to the Moon, the policy also ends NASA’s existing effort to send humans to an asteroid. The policy grew from a unanimous recommendation by the new National Space Council after its first meeting in October.
Along with the president and Vice President Pence, it was an honor to join at the ceremony Apollo 17 astronaut, Sen. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson and new astronaut Christina Koch. These four astronauts represent our amazing history, current achievements, and the next generation of missions to the Moon, Mars, and farther into the solar system.
I want the entire NASA workforce to know that this policy builds on the incredible work you already are doing, and adds a new focus to our next missions with humans in the lunar vicinity and heading deeper into space. This work represents a national effort on many fronts, with America leading the way. We will engage the best and brightest across government and private industry and our partners across the world to reach new milestones in human achievement. I have said many times how committed our workforce is to this effort and all of our work to achieve mission success throughout our agency.
Even now we are developing a flexible deep space infrastructure to support a steady cadence of increasingly complex missions that strengthens American leadership in the boundless frontier of space, and I know that together we’re going to achieve everything that this space policy directive envisions and directs for us.
Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff