To the moon and on to Mars. President Trump’s new space policy is already making a major impact right here in Utah. That’s because parts of the rockets NASA sends up to space are built in Northern Utah.
Monday, Dec. 11, Trump signed a space Policy Directive, which is a plan to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars.
“We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond. This directive will ensure America’s space program once again leads and inspires all of humanity,” he said.
Charlie Precourt, the vice president and general manager of Propulsions Systems at Orbital ATK, is a former NASA astronaut. He said this announcement is a big deal for Utah.
“We provide the booster propulsion system for NASA’s rockets that get us to space,” he said. After the shuttle program ended, Precourt said there was a lull for ATK Orbital because NASA is one-third of ATK’s business. Read More…