(ZHE) — During a press conference Monday, Donald Trump announced that, as he hinted previously, he’s ordering the Pentagon to “immediately” establish a “space force” as an independent service branch. That’s right: Today might be the day that future generations look back on as the anniversary of the creation of the legendary US Space Force, guardians of intergalactic order.
Trump said “we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the Sixth Branch of the Armed Forces.”
Pres. Trump calls for establishment of a “space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2018
The force will allow the US to become “the leader by far” in space as it looks to revive the space program, which once fascinated a generation of Americans. Trump also vowed to return the US to the moon, and to reach Mars roughly around the time Elon Musk is applying for a non-extradition permits.