U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Defense Secretary James Mattis share a light moment during the Aug. 9 rollout of the Trump administration’s plan for establishing a Space Force. Credit: Department of Defense
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President Donald Trump, speaks before signing the Presidential Space Directive - 1, directing NASA to return to the moon, in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.  (Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force. Separate but equal. It is going to be something,” President Donald Trump said during a June 18 meeting of the National Space Council. “I’m hereby directing the department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.” Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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President Trump directs the Pentagon to create a Space Force as a "separate but equal" branch of the military.
Space debris (ESA photo)
SPD-2 signing ceremony
July 20, 1989: “From the voyages of Columbus, to the Oregon Trail, to the journey to the moon itself, history proves that we have never lost by pressing the limits of our frontiers.”
U.S. President George H. W. Bush, announcing the Space Exploration Initiative. Credit: NASA
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President Trump holds up his freshly signed Space Policy Directive 1 during a Dec. 11 ceremony at the White House. (Credit: White House)