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Folks, I’m not going to lie, there are some creepy similarities between Donald Trump and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Also, I’d like you to know for a record, that may be the most jarring shift between headline and setup that I’ve ever written.  But, I digress.

Trump and JFK both have, at their most basic, those powerful monikers.  Both a word and a series of letters that sound percussive and stern.  They are, by their very sound authoritative and confident.

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Both were men of the people, albeit both from more than meager upbringings.  Somehow, both have endeared themselves to the working class, relying steadily on their New York and Bostonian attitudes to gain favor.

And why wouldn’t these titans of US history and popular culture come from the cities who epitomize the idea of historical rivalry better than anywhere else in the world.   It is almost too perfect now, this analogy.

Oh, and it looks as though the Trump administration has been the first since Kennedy’s to proudly declare “we’re going to the moon”.

Vice President Mike Pence highlighted the critical importance of the Moon to America’s space future in a speech at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston Thursday.

“We’re not content with just leaving behind footprints,” he said, during the 30-minute speech, reiterating the Trump administration’s objective of “establishing a permanent presence around and on the Moon.”

The administration has cited Moon missions a key element of the 2019 NASA budget. President Donald Trump wants U.S. astronauts to return to the Moon as a foundation for future Mars missions.

Pence discussed plans for a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a NASA orbital outpost that will be in the vicinity of the Moon. The chair of the National Space Council described the goal of putting an American on board the Lunar Orbital Platform before the end of 2024. “We’re on the cusp of a new golden age of exploration,” he said.

Even more exciting is that this return to the moon could create jobs in the private sector as well.

NASA released a draft Request for Proposals earlier this year that called on the U.S. commercial space industry help deliver payloads to the Moon. The agency plans to award multiple contracts for Commercial Lunar Payload Services through the next decade, with contract missions to the lunar surface expected to begin as early as 2019.

So now you can see where I was headed with the JFK analogy.  We got back there again, eventually.

Just like the moon.

 

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