President Trump’s ceremony Friday to bring back the National Space Council began to confuse people even before it took place.
It was, Trump would say, a big deal: an executive order to resurrect an advisory council that kick-started the first moon missions 60 years ago, went dormant in the 1990s, and could now lead astronauts into deep space — even Mars.
“At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say how did we do it without space?” is how the president put it.
Yet the signing surprised many: The White House had not listed the ceremonyon the president’s calendar, no one from NASA headquarters came, and the only female astronaut in attendance was left off the thank-you list.
Not to mention the president’s sometimes baffling remarks about the cosmos.
“Can you believe that space is going to do that?”
After Pence finished his introduction, it was on to the president — a known space aficionado who once phoned astronauts in orbit and asked them to hurry up and get to Mars.
“Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here,” Trump said, listing new industry, technology and “space security” among the benefits.
“At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say how did we do it without space?” Trump then said, causing Buzz Aldrin’s eyebrows to shoot up.
Eyebrows across the Internet would do likewise as Trump proceeded through his speech, a mix of eloquence and questionable ad-libs.
“The human soul yearns for discovery,” Trump said, for example. “Our journey into space will not only make us stronger and more prosperous, but will unite us behind grand ambitions and bring us all closer together.
“Wouldn’t that be nice? Can you believe that space is going to do that?”
SOURCE: Avi Selk
The Washington Post