Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day

Credit: Matt Wade

On Space Exploration Day, our Nation celebrates the history of American space travel, and we reaffirm our determination to continue to lead the world in the exploration and development of space.

Nearly half a century ago, with great skill and courage to conquer the unknown, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins led the mission to land the first Americans on the surface of the Moon. Since then, people around the world have marveled at the technological advancements in space exploration made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the private sector. As history has shown, there is no limit to the imagination and determination of the American people, and we will continue this proud tradition of innovation in space exploration.

Since I took office, my Administration has refocused our Nation’s space program on returning to the Moon, growing space commerce, leading the way for a human mission to Mars, and unveiling the secrets of our universe. I recently signed Space Policy Directive-3, which instructs Federal agencies to embrace the growing commercial space industry and provide for a future of space travel that is both safe and thriving. By doing so, we are unleashing the power of American ingenuity and laying the groundwork for American leadership and preeminence in the next great frontier. The exploration and development of space represent the best of American values, and we seek to ensure those values have a permanent place beyond Earth.

As we work to remain the leader in spaceflight and in the study of our universe, we recall the visionary spirit of those who lifted their eyes to the stars above and reached for a future that was once inconceivable. Together, we celebrate our Nation’s history of scientific achievement and recommit ourselves to the enduring truth that even the smallest step toward discovery can result in the greatest achievements of humankind.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    I doubt president trump saw, let alone wrote, that message. My best guess is a staffer working closely with vp pence on the space council. Either way, it’s a nice message. Happy (belated) 49th anniversary everybody

  • mattmcc80

    Speechwriters aren’t a secret, but I’m not sure it’s legal for his communications office to put out statements like that without him at least seeing them.

    Presidents can of course edit or adjust prepared remarks made by their staff, or in this president’s case, often just ad-lib in the middle of reading them.

    We know this president at least sometimes writes in his own edits to prepared statements, even if they’re not spelled correctly, and contradict the body of the statement:

  • Robert G. Oler

    just hot air from a president that lies endlessly

  • Robert G. Oler

    he has “the best words” LOL

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If The Comrade President wrote it, the space policy would be two words. “No Collusion!”.

  • ThomasLMatula

    You mean like Ted Sorensen wrote the speeches and statements on space that we remember President Kennedy for? Presidential staff writing press releases and speeches is not new, so why attack him on it? Really, the more folks rain down hate on President Trump the stronger the support he gets from the ignored fly over Americans. You would think his opponents would have already learned that lesson from the election…

  • mlc449

    Not a Trump message since it doesn’t name-drop Clinton or Obama. Sad.

  • Robert G. Oler

    there is absolutly no comparison between the babble Trump speaks, even in a prepared speech and what was written by others but delivered by JFK, RWR, just about every other modern president.

    you bring up Sorensen so I will go there, but in a non partisan mode, the same could be said of say Ronaldus the Great. Real Presidents have speech writers for major speeches and policy positions that to use a west wing phrase are “echos of the person they serve”. I know and am good friends with the person who did most of the “Shining city on the Hill speech” leg work, and as this person put it “all I was doing was giving some music to what the boss believed”

    if you want to see what Trump believes, you need to read his (incoherent) tweets…the only time he goes “on script” its someone elses words that he is forced to rattle off, and you can see that in his body language…and tone. and recognize that it is not his words when the next day the tweets come out making it non operative.

    the “fly over Americans” are a very very small portion of the country and appealing to them is the dumbest thing that any future candidate for president would do. At best they are about 38 percent of the populace…and these folks can be told anything by Trump and believe it

  • ThomasLMatula

    The art of writing has gone down in general because of the Internet and social media. Writers in both parties simply don’t take the care they used to in crafting a good speech or press release.

    As for the 38 percent of the voters in ‘fly over America”, you need to remember that elections are decided by the small percentage of swing voters, IF they choose to go out to vote. If the political climate drives them away, while energizing the core support, you get the results you had in 2016. Which is the point I tried to make. The more the Democrats focus on the negative and attack President Trump, the more they energize his base and alienate the swing voters who don’t see any reason to come out to vote.

    But this is not new, nor just my assessment. Michael Moore tried to warn the Democrats about it before the election and was ignored.

    And yes, this is on topic in the sense that all these negative posts about President Trump in forums like this just make the matter worst, energizing his base while driving away the swing voters by showing the Democrats as being sore losers, and no one likes sore losers. And after a while folks just get tired of hearing them whining about it.

  • Robert G. Oler

    The reason that swing voters have taken such a role in the Presidential elections (some of them anyway) is that Democrats have drifted into being Republican light…and in the end it all comes down to those voters. HRC had trouble with them, because in the end enough doubts were raised by her campaign performance, the FBI, and her “baggage” that in normally democratic states, she dropped in turnout. Trump wins the election thanks to about 75000 or so votes in different states

    Dems do not need to pander to right wing nut jobs…what they need to do is 1) stand for something different than today, 2) successfully attack the other candidate and defend themselves from the GOP and 3) inspire the vast majority of people who have given up on voting.

    Moore is to me not very credible

  • ThomasLMatula

    Sadly by whining about the past election and hating on President Trump they seem to be failing in all three. But we will see what the future holds.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    I have no issues with a speech writer. Just meant that prres. trump has such an unique tone and cadence, it’s obvious when it isn’t him.

    FWIW, I think VP Pence and his staff are doing a good job w/ Space Council.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, they are laying a solid foundation for the future.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    I believe you mean SAD!

  • mlc449

    Blame my low energy. SAD!

  • Robert G. Oler

    Nonesense. one of the three things that is lacking in the Democratic party is a “spine” to 1) engage trump and 2) point out where he is either wrong or incompetent or both. the other two things are a mission statement and a coherent presentation of “their plans”

    the GOP has mastered the art of “bully politics” where what they say and how they attack is “OK” but defending ones self and then engaging direction is wrong. this cannot continue or Dems lose

    one reason HRC lost was that in the debates she did not turn around as Trump was stalking her and say “whats this about you pervert” or well there were probably better word(s) then pervert but you get my idea.