Trump shows his signature on the Space Policy Directive-4. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Force, once an applause line, is now a reality.
Why it matters: This takes what was a rally slogan and T-shirt and moves it toward becoming a real national security entity aimed at blunting the rising power of China in particular, Axios Science editor Andrew Freedman emails.
Between the lines: A Space Force will be a participant in the next space races, public and private:
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