President Donald Trump used his weekly address Saturday (March 25) to praise NASA’s legacy of exploration and discovery in a video that also marked the signing of the 2017 NASA authorization bill earlier in the week.
“My fellow Americans, this week in the company of astronaut I was honored to sign the NASA Transition Authorization act right into law,” Trump said in his address on YouTube. “With this legislation, we renew our national commitment to NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery, and we continue a tradition that is as old as mankind. We look to the heavens with wonder and curiosity.” Trump signed the NASA authorization bill on Tuesday (March 21).
The video opened with clips from NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission, from a view of Neil Armstrong taking “one small step” on the lunar surface, to crowds cheering the Apollo 11 crew’s return to Earth with a ticker tape parade. Trump then recounted a story from the Hubble Space Telescope’s history. [Presidential Visions for NASA Throughout History]
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