Re-establishing the National Space Council
President Trump has asked three things of American citizens since his election in 2016; to believe in themselves, believe in their future and believe in America.
One thing that could have skipped your notice through all the recent news reports is one that particularly grabbed me. Maybe it's because I remember seeing and being impressed by our young President Kennedy's profound TV speech on September 12, 1962, when we first put a man on the moon. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." That was the part that grabbed me and I never forgot it.
That's the way America has always been, we've always been the pioneers in everything and choose to do the hard things, because they are the things that need doing and there's no one better than us to do them. So what happened to our Space program? Read on.....
The National Aeronautics and Space Council, (NASA) was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958 by then President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower never really made use of the Council and in his last year as President, recommended that it be abolished.
When John F. Kennedy became President he re-invigorated it and named his Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson as Chairman, which required an amendment to the original Act.
From 1989 to 1993, George W. Bush created the National Space Council by "Executive Order #12675." It was chaired by then Vice President Dan Quayle. Friction between astronaut members of NASA and the Administration members of the board caused its disestablishment in 1993. Its functions were then absorbed by the National Science and Technology Council.
In August 2008, when campaigning for the Presidency, Barack Obama promised his constituency that he would re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council, but his 8 years in office came and went without that promise fulfilled.
Within 6 months of Donald J. Trump's Presidency, on June 30, 2017, he signed an Executive Order for its re-establishment, with Vice President Mike Pence as Chairman. Following the order, the Council first meets on October 25, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. See the order at Executive Order 13803.
It seems that with President Donald J. Trump, we choose to do things once again, "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." I am grateful we have a President who believes in our people and our nation, that we are once more able to accomplish great things.