On Monday, December 11, President Trump held a ceremony during which he signed a new directive for the US space program. The goal? Putting American astronauts back on the moon to “lay the groundwork for a possible mission to Mars.”

Now, where have we ever heard something like this? Oh yes, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate, said he had colonized the moon during the election campaign, saying in 2012 that if elected, at the end of his second term, “we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”

Well, it seems that the idea has also resonated with the Trump administration. And while there was no question of installing a giant laser on the moon and pointing it to North Korea, President Trump did not rule out arsenalizing the moon. “Space has so much to do with so many other applications,” he said. “Including a military application.”


Vice President Mike Pence is the recently reinstated President of the National Space Board, which were the ones who unanimously approved the directive behind closed doors in October. At Monday’s press conference, Pence said the new policy “will improve our national security and our ability to provide common defense for the people of the United States of America.”

So what does this mean for the American common? Will the 51st state be on the moon? Will we be able to take our vacations in orbit at the back of an American rocket and stay at a Trump Moon hotel? Are we going to fend off nuclear missiles with a Dr. Evil-type moon laser after all? “Imagine the possibility waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big,” the President said. “And that’s what our country is doing again: We’re dreaming big.”