During the Obama presidency, NASA was used for social justice causes, like every other government agency. Now that we have President Trump, NASA is going back to work in space as intended.
He discussed the issue in his newest weekly address.
Here’s a partial transcript via Real Clear Politics:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: My fellow Americans,
This week, in the company of astronauts, I was honored to sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act right into law. 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.
More than two decades ago, one scientist followed his curiosity and dramatically changed our understanding of the universe. The year was 1995. Taxpayers were spending billions and billions of dollars on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The astronomer in charge had a novel idea. He wanted to use the expensive telescope in a totally unconventional way.
Instead of pointing Hubble’s eye at nearby stars or distant formations, Robert Williams wanted to peer into the void. He aimed the massive telescope at one of the emptiest regions of the night sky. For ten days during Christmas of 1995, Hubble stared into the abyss—seeking whatever light it could glean from the darkness. And it was total darkness.
Fellow astronomers didn’t know if he’d see much of anything. But Williams was rewarded—and the entire world was struck by the awesome images our satellite returned. In that tiny patch of sky, the Hubble Deep Field showed thousands of lights. Each brilliant spot represented not a single star but an entire galaxy.
Watch the video below:
Imagine the possibilities!