If you were alive on July 20, 1969, you remember these words: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Apollo 11 was on the moon.
You might also remember the cheering in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration control room — black and white images of America’s best and brightest in that historic moment when Neil Armstrong sealed his place in history by taking the first human steps on Luna.
Thanks to president-elect Donald Trump, NASA and the rest of the country should be cheering again real soon. Part of Trump’s promise to make America great again is to return focus to space exploration, the Washington Examiner reported.
President-elect Trump will take NASA out of the President Obama-led climate change business, said Bob Walker, a senior Trump adviser.
“We see NASA in an exploration role, in deep space research,” Walker told The U.K. Guardian. “Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission.”
Many scientifically significant discoveries have been derived from NASA research (think of modern firefighting equipment, solar energy, cordless tools, scratch-resistant lenses, infrared ear thermometers, home smoke detectors, satellite communications and high-tech artificial limbs).
Lest the liberal news media get their knickers in a twist, note that Trump is not ignoring climate change. He will divert environmental science budgets to the agencies where they belong, and return NASA to its proper mission of manned space exploration.
There should be celebration at NASA again as they receive fresh support for their groundbreaking scientific work. NASA announced a possible breakthrough last week in the development of a rocket motor that requires no fuel, as published in the Journal of Propulsion and Power. One can only imagine that stunning environmental implication this could have for motor vehicles in the future.
Kudos to Donald Trump for having the wisdom and insight to stand up for putting America right back where it belongs: in the forefront of exploration, innovation, and discovery. It’s about time.