Space Exploration

Yesterday a memorandum was signed that revises a June 2010 policy directive regarding space exploration. The operative part is quoted below:

The paragraph beginning “Set far-reaching exploration milestones” is deleted and replaced with the following:

“Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities. Beginning with missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations;”.


Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum on Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program

Memorandum dated December 11, 2017

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Thanksgiving and Family

Two memoranda mislabeled. They both are proclamations.


Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda (Proclamations) dated November 17, 2017

Two More Actions Nov 10

Both are really proclamations although one is labeled memorandum.


Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated November 10, 2017

More Memoranda

Yesterday four more routine memoranda were posted. All are related to extensions of declarations of national emergencies. Iran and Burundi are the countries cited in three of them. The other one is with regard to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Most likely all of these were in the works before POTUS 45 began his current trip to Asia.


Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda dated November 6, 2017

Six Memoranda

Sometimes life intervenes and the work of monitoring POTUS actions gets temporarily set aside.

Here are the six more or less routine actions labeled as memoranda signed since I last posted here. I say “labeled” because one of them is actually a proclamation.

Two are continuations of previously established national emergencies with regard to the Congo and Sudan.

The other three are memos to heads of departments and agencies – one to transportation regarding drones, one on the opioid crisis, and one about the temporary delay on release of some of the Kennedy assassination documents.


Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda signed from October 23 to 31, 2017