President Trump Honors Buzz Aldrin at the SOTU ― Vows to Send ‘American Rockets’ Back to Space

President Donald Trump took time to honor American astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

Aldrin, of course, was among the first men to walk on the surface of the moon. He also is an outspoken patriot who served his country prior to his time with NASA.

In 2019, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary on Aldrin’s trip to the moon. During his state of the union address, President Trump commended Aldrin and vowed to send American astronauts back to space — on American rockets.

Watch below:

“In 2019 we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of one million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon. Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag, Buzz Aldrin. Thank you, Buzz. This year, American astronauts will go back to space in American rockets.”

The president noted that Aldrin’s accomplishment of going to the moon meant much more to America than just an achievement of science. It set America apart from the rest of the world.

“In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, redefined the middle class, and when you get down to it, nothing anywhere in the world can compete with America,” said Trump.

The president also took time to honor the veterans who served during the harrowing World War II battle on D-Day, as 2019 will be the 70th anniversary of the battle that ended the lives of so many American heroes.

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“In June we marked 75 years since the start of what General Dwight D. Eisenhower called “the great crusade,” the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped from the skies, and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny. Here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes. Private First Class Joseph Riley, Staff Sergeant Erving Walker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitcheck.”

The president clearly hopes to continue the legacy of American greatness in 2019.

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Screwtape
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One of the greatest tragedies of our current civil divide is that the unity which took us to the moon will be that much harder to find as will the ability, q.v. NASA’s prioritization of diversity over competence.

One can only hope entrepreneurial efforts, e.g. SpaceX will continue to grow.

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