To Infinity and Beyond: U.S. Space Command is open, but no Space Force yet

Kailie Gomez and Samantha Ordaz

Previously Published October 2 2019

President Donald Trump wants to implement a space command based in Colorado or California so the United States can play a role in space, arguing that it is a good plan for national security.

This would be the first new military service in the last 70 years since the formation of the Air Force in 1947 by President Harry Truman. The meeting for the idea of the Space Force was held on Thursday, August 29 in the White House’s Rose Garden.

Before the Air Force become its own branch of the military, it was part of the army. On Aug. 1 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps formed the Aeronautical Division, which later evolved into the Air Force.”

— USO.org

President Trump wants to create a United States Space Command to protect the American interest and what he thinks will be “the next war-fighting domain,” says the New York Times in an article called, “Trump Authorizes a Space Command. Next, He Wants a Space Force.”

Trump wants America to be the most important country in the whole world. But Nikolas Caston, a freshman at MECA, thinks, “We should focus more on protecting the planet than we should be focusing on space.”

On the other hand, some students agree with the President. “I agree with this idea because it will be good to expand horizons and to explore space,” said sophomore student Dylan-Diego Villagara. Donald Trump also thinks it would mainly be a good shot toward people interested in joining the Air Force.

The first space command was opened in the year 1982 to provide a linked command and have power over the Air Force, but was closed in 2002. As of now, there is no idea of if or when the Space Force will be authorized by Congress.