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Former Astronaut Backs Trump's Idea Of A 'Space Force'04:54
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In this handout provided by NASA, U.S. Marine Corp Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard march past the space shuttle Enterprise, seen as the at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Virginia. (Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)
In this handout provided by NASA, U.S. Marine Corp Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard march past the space shuttle Enterprise, seen as the at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Virginia. (Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)
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Terry Virts piloted the space shuttle and commanded the International Space Station, and supports an idea floated several times recently by President Trump: a special branch of the U.S. military whose mission would be defending U.S. interests in space.

Virts (@AstroTerry) joins Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd to discuss the idea, which dates back to the beginning of the Cold War.

This segment aired on May 21, 2018.

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