While the Democratic Party Platform contained no mention of NASA or America’s Space efforts, the Republican Platform contained two paragraphs. Under “Building the Future: Technology” the platform offered praise for NASA’s partnerships with commercial companies such as SpaceX and Boeing that has “reduced the cost of space access and extended America’s space leadership.” The platform stated that “we must sustain our preeminence in space by launching more scientific missions, guaranteeing unfettered access, and ensuring that our space-related industries remain a source of scientific leadership and education.”

The first takeaway from the mention of NASA is that it is vague enough that it can endorse almost any space policy that Donald Trump might want to pursue should he be elected president.

Trump has expressed skepticism about NASA’s Journey to Mars, suggesting that infrastructure repair should take precedence. On the other hand, the heavy emphasis on commercial partnerships fits well with President George W. Bush’s original vision for space and Trump’s business background. Space would also be a great venue to “make America great again” by opening it up to both scientific exploration and commercial development.

By a happy accident, the third night of the convention will be the 47th anniversary of the moon landing.

Former shuttle astronaut Eileen Collins is slated to give what has been termed a “non-political speech” about the role of space in America, following a film about the mission of Apollo 11. Collins has come under attack, especially from former NASA Deputy Administrator and Democratic Party activist Lori Garver, for making the address.

Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, two men who have an interest in space policy, are also slated to speak that night, though no one knows whether either man will mention space or reference the anniversary.

The main takeaway, though, is that despite its chest-thumping about being the “party of science” and sneering about the Republicans being “anti-science,” the Democrats have ignored the most prominent science agency that exists in the federal government. Coupled with President Barack Obama’s still controversial cancellation of the Constellation space exploration program, the Republicans seem to have captured the role of the science-oriented party from the Democrats.

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