Buzz Aldrin is many things: engineer, Air Force veteran, second man on the moon and, as of June 30, comic relief during what an otherwise awkward White House briefing.
Aldrin was one of the many guests surrounding President Donald Trump as the commander-in-chief delivered some puzzling remarks before signing an executive order to reinstate the National Space Council, and the former astronaut’s reactions steal the show.
“At some point in the future, we're going to look back and say how did we do it without space?” Trump said. Aldrin’s eyes grew large.
After going on for a while about dreams and stars, Trump shifts from the podium to sit behind a desk to actually sign the order. Pen in hand, the president looked up at Aldrin and joked, "There's a lot of room out there, right?"
Aldrin laughed and delivered an appropriately pitch response: , "to infinity and beyond,’ the maxim of Buzz Lightyear from the beloved classic Toy Story. It’s a fairly well-known phrase, but the reference went right over Trump’s head, sparking a moment of existential angst.
"This is infinity here," he said. "It could be infinity. We don't really know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?"
Sure. Totally makes sense. Just like the House Armed Services subcommittee’s decision to approve legislation to create a “Space Corps” within the Air Force, even though the branch neither wants it nor thinks it’s a good idea in general.
According to the Washington Examiner, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson opposed the addition of the Space Corps, told lawmakers on June 21 that it would make the service "more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart and cost more money." You know it’s a bad idea when the head of a service turns down more money, but we bet Wilson would be all for the Space Corps if it was headed by Aldrin — and that’s totally fine by us.
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."
The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.
As the British government continues to investigate Friday's seizure, experts worry that it raises the potential of a military clash. However, they also say it offers a lens into Iran's strategy toward the U.S.
Here is a look at what's been happening and why the Strait of Hormuz matters.