Earlier this week, the White House held an event where President Donald Trump reignited The National Space Council in an effort to fulfill his promise of putting a man on Mars within the next 4 years.
The issue isn’t that Trump wants to jumpstart the dream of interplanetary travel or the fact that he didn’t get Buzz Aldrin’s “Toy Story” quote, the main concern was that it seemed the the president didn’t exactly understand what “space” was.
“At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say how did we do it without space?” Trump asked, as if space was an object or person working at NASA.
Aldrin’s reaction was caught on camera and was obvious.
Trump started by reading from a prepared speech that included a passionate comment about a journey that “will not only make us stronger and more prosperous but will unite us behind grand ambitions and bring us all closer together.” But then Trump started to improvise and things got weird, “Wouldn’t that be nice? Can you believe that space is going to do that?”
Afterwards, Trump sat at the table to sign the executive order. “I know what this is. Space!” he said, enthusiastically.
Once again, Aldrin looked uncomfortable. “To infinity and beyond!” he joked. Most at the event chuckled, but Trump didn’t get the joke.
“This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?” he said before signing the order.