Could #space exploration prove to be an easy political win for President #trump? That supposition is the subject of a recent article in the Atlantic. While Trump was somewhat skeptical about missions to Mars in the early part of the presidential campaign, he seems to have grown enthusiastic about space now that he has become president. Various media reports suggest that Trump regards space policy as an integral part of his plan to make America great again. Of course, it should be noted as of this writing he has not rolled out a space policy, named a NASA administrator, or formed the National Space Council. Still, indications are that when Trump does these things, he will get rare bi-partisan support.

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Trump may want to consider starting to put his stamp on space exploration sooner rather than later, especially if it will constitute an easy win for his administration. With his having to fight trench warfare on Obamacare repeal, the southern border wall, and tax reform, being able to set America back to toward the stars with little or no opposition would be a welcome change of pace.

Trump should also go big and go bold. He may not be able to put humans on Mars by 2024, as he seemed to suggest half-jokingly recently, but astronaut boots could be on the moon by that time. The first people to explore another world in decades, live-streamed to millions of TV and computer screens, would certainly be the perfect capstone on a Trump presidency. Since the astronauts would be there to stay, doing real science and starting to exploit the moon’s vast mineral wealth, he will have done Kennedy one better.

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Apollo eventually ended. Trump has the potential to start an age of space exploration that will never end.

The president should not follow the advice of Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, who posted, “Obama’s policy of benign neglect was very successful. I think Trump should continue it.” Reynolds is usually more sensible than that, but his libertarian politics has caused him to post nonsense. Obama has had the same effect on space policy as he had on health care and Middle East foreign policy.

In any case, Reynolds’ assessment is in the distinct minority and is almost nonexistent in the White House, Congress, and aerospace circles. Even some libertarians who hate NASA and worship at the feet of Elon Musk agree that Obama’s cancellation of a return to the moon was ill-advised. If Trump does nothing else in space policy but reverse that decision and mandate commercial and international partnerships to go back to the moon, he will be remembered as a great space president indeed. #Bi Partisan