THE US Space Force has officially deployed its first troops.
The 20 airmen haven’t been sent to the Moon though, just to the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
The airmen went to the Middle East at the start of the month to join the US military’s newest independent arm of service.
They were welcomed with a cermony.
US Air Force colonel Todd Benson, director of Space Forces for US Air Forces Central Command, said in a statement: “This group is making history.
“Those participating in today’s ceremony are not only joining our nation’s newest service, they are joining this service while deployed in defense of our nation.
“In other words, they are the first members of the United States Space Force to be deployed in support of combat operations.”
The new Space Force team will now conduct tasks like reporting interference with US satellites.
They will wear a brand new uniform that has a woodland camouflage pattern.
Benson added: “For our nation, we must not just be present in space, but we must be a leader in space.
“US Space Command and US Space Force will play a critical role in protecting our Nation’s vital interests in space.”
The Space Force was officially established in December and is the first new military service since the Air Force launched in 1947.
The 16,000 airmen and civilians that make up the Space Force are technically part of the Air Force — which previously oversaw offensive operations in space.
But President Donald Trump has made it clear he sees the newest service as critical to the future of American defense.
In other space news, a huge asteroid is set to make a close approach to Earth next week.
Nasa has revealed an amazing snapshot of a supernova blast wave.
And, wormholes that let humans travel through space and time could be possible, scientists have proposed.
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