Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Encouraging Space Mining Efforts

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On April 6, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources, focused on long-term exploration and scientific discovery of the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies through partnership with commercial entities to recover and use resources in outer space. The Executive Order directs the Secretaries of State, Commerce, and Transportation, along with the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other heads of executive departments and agencies, to take action to further international support for the public and private recovery and use of outer space resources. This support includes negotiating joint statements and bilateral and multilateral arrangements with foreign states related to safe and sustainable resource operations. The Secretary of State is required to provide a progress report summarizing these efforts within 180 days of the Executive Order.

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