President Trump Wants American Dominance in Space

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Trump promised that U.S. astronauts will go back to space on “American rockets” this year. Do you think this will happen?

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According to NASA, there are currently three people in space, aboard the International Space Station (ISS). One of those astronauts is American flight engineer Anne McClain, and according to President Trump, she soon won’t be the only one.

In President Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 6, he talked about celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 crew set foot on the moon and planted the American Flag on its surface. During his address Trump stated, “This year American Astronauts will go back to space on American rockets.” Trump puts an emphasis on the American rockets aspect of it because of the fact that the last American-made rocket launched into space was the Atlantic Shuttle, according to NASA. Its final mission was held on July 8, 2011 and since then, no rockets or shuttles made in the U.S. have launched into orbit.

NASA could help make this scenario a possibility for President Trump and the rest of the U.S. According to the NASA Budget Estimate for 2018, the aeronautic program received their requested amount of about $19 billion for their research and development programs for 2018 and onward to 2019. They also wrote in the budget estimate that about 32 percent of their budget will be dedicated towards, “…High-risk, high-reward fundamental, technical, and scientific challenges that are novel and multidisciplinary.” The budget also explains that around $1.178 billion will be dedicated towards basic research of sed high-risk challenges.

Although President Trump seems to be dedicated to getting Americans back into space, it isn’t just astronauts he seems to want in space. Over the past eight months, Trump has talked about implementing a sixth branch of the U.S. military known as the Space Force. On June 8, 2018, President Trump met the National Space Council, and addressed that Americans taming the final frontier not only adds to the national identity to the U.S., but gives a better sense of strength to national security as well. This meeting was the first time that the president proposed the idea of adding another branch of military.

In NASA’s 2018 fiscal year budget estimate, it features a section on their Game Changing Development program; the goal of which, according to the budget, is to improve upon certain technologies or to implement new advancements in technology within NASA. In that same section it also mentions, “Addressing the need for next generation high performance spaceflight computing… as well as military applications,” and goes on to talk about how NASA is working with the Air Force Research Laboratory. The budget claims that both NASA and the Air Force are working together to create better developed computers for spaceflight.

The reason that the Air Force being mentioned is a particular point of interest is because President Trump also stated that his proposed space force idea, would work closely with the Air Force. In that meeting, Trump states that both branches should be considered, “Separate but equal,” which is a term that derived from the original racially-infused law, Separate but Equal.

If American astronauts and military personnel are to be launched into space in 2019, it marks a new milestone for American dominance. However, with the 2020 Presidential Election just around the corner, and that fact that it’s been reported that NASA still hasn’t had too many successful exploration missions over the past decade, there may not be enough time or money to establish much of Trump’s aspirations for a Space Force.

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Trump promised that U.S. astronauts will go back to space on “American rockets” this year. Do you think this will happen?

13% No, Not a chance
87% Yes, I hope so!
13% No, Not a chance
87% Yes, I hope so!
14% No, Not a chance
86% Yes, I hope so!

No, Not a chance

Yes, I hope so!

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