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Trump signs policy directive to send Americans back to the moon

Trump and Buzz Aldrin
Trump with astronaut Buzz Aldrin while signing an executive order to re-establish the National Space Council in June. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump signed a policy directive for NASA to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery." He said the move "marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972."

Go deeper: Vice President Mike Pence says Americans will go to the moon, and then Mars