‘Infinity and beyond’: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrates the president’s executive order reestablishing the National Space Council with Vice President Mike Pence at the helm

Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

Trump signed an executive order Friday reinstating the National Space Council
The council, made up of numerous cabinet members as well as the head of NASA, will coordinate spending and review the country’s space policy
It will also foster ‘close coordination, cooperation, and technology and information exchange’ between government agencies and the private sector
Trump said space travel and innovation would unite people, and joked: ‘I thought politics would do that. Well, we’ll have to rely on space instead’

By JESSICA CHIA
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 July 2017

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin appeared at the White House on Friday as President Donald Trump reinstated the National Space Council, which was last active in 1993.

After Trump signed the executive order placing Vice President Mike Pence at the helm of the council, Aldrin declared: ‘Infinity and beyond’.

Trump says the announcement sends a clear signal to the world about the United States’ leadership in space, adding that space exploration would help the economy and national security.

Talk of reviving the Space Council – which was dissolved in 1993 – has been in the works for several months.

Pence confirmed he’d lead the council in March, and a draft of the executive order was written in May, according to Space News.

At Friday’s ceremony, Pence said: ‘With the action he takes today, President Trump will bring a renewed sense of purpose to America’s space policy that will benefit literally every facet of our national life.’

The council, made up of numerous cabinet members as well as the head of NASA, will coordinate spending and review the country’s space policy.

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