MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement on Monday in response to President Trump’s signing of President Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1).

The President Space Policy Directive 1 ensures that NASA will 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. This program will begin 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.

“Alabama has a long history with the space program and NASA,’ said Gov. Ivey. “Our state is proud to be home to the titans of innovation who brought the world the Saturn V rocket and who are now working on the Space Launch System, which will take our next generation of explorers back to the moon and to Mars. I applaud President Trump and NASA for the clear vision that continued space exploration is the next frontier. Alabamians have proven that their ingenuity and determination are unstoppable. We will take this new task and work tirelessly to send Americans safely to the moon and beyond.”

Huntsville, Alabama is home to the Marshall Space Flight Center where the Saturn V rockets were developed and constructed and where work is underway on the new Space Launch System.

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