President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the United States will be traveling to Mars in the near future.
Addressing members of the military at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Tuesday, Trump reiterated his plans to ramp up space travel efforts while also taking another jab at his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“Very soon, we're going to Mars,” Trump said. “You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn't even be thinking about it.”
The president added that the United Staes is “finally going to lead again” when it comes to space travel: “You see the rockets going up left and right, you haven't seen that for a long time.”
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He also backed the idea of instituting a “space force,” which would basically be another service branch of the military. Think Air Force, but for space.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump said. ”We may even have a space force — develop another one, space force. We have the Air Force, we'll have the space force."
In December, Trump signed an executive order directing NASA to lead a program to send astronauts to both Mars and the moon. “This is a giant step toward that aspiring future, and toward reclaiming America's proud destiny in space,” Trump said.
“This directive will ensure America's space program once again leads and inspires all of humanity,” he added.