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During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, President Trump announced that NASA is “bringing back that whole space flight” program. He took a moment to place model rockets on the table. He also heaped praise on the recent work of Elon Musk and SpaceX on the Falcon rocket program.
“Before me are some rocket ships. You haven’t seen that from this country in a long time,” the president said. “Mike Pence is the chairman, many of these jobs we are doing are privately financed. We’re letting them use the Kennedy Space Center for a fee. Rich guys, they love rocket ships. And that’s good. That’s better than us paying for it. And notice the prices of the last one, they said it cost $80 million. If the government did it, the same thing would’ve cost probably 40, 50 times that amount of money.”
After showing off the models, President Trump took a moment to remark on what he thought of Falcon Heavy’s launch on February 22. “That rocket is now most powerful in the world today, and two of its 16-story reusable boosters successfully flew back to Earth and landed smoothly on the ground. To me that was more amazing than watching the rocket go up.”
He continued, “At the same time, NASA is very much involved in doing their own projects. We’re bringing that whole space flight back. We’ll be sending something very beautiful to Mars in the very near future. We’re going to areas that nobody thought possible, certainly not this quickly, so we’re very proud.”
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