Buzz Aldrin bemused by Trump:
"One day we will look back and say how did we do it without space?"
-Donald Trump #makespacegreatagain? ♂️
— Danny McGinnis (@Ginnis20) July 1, 2017
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) July 1, 2017
The Washington Post reports: 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 ceremony on 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. [Continue reading…]
CBS News reports: The science division of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was unstaffed as of Friday as the three remaining employees departed this week, sources tell CBS News.
All three employees were holdovers from the Obama administration. The departures from the division — one of four subdivisions within the OSTP — highlight the different commitment to scientific research under Presidents Obama and Trump. [Continue reading…]