Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House
President Donald Trump delivered a televised statement a day after returning from a marathon trip to Asia. (AFP / Nicholas Kamm)

President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump will sign "Space Policy Directive 1" that orders NASA "to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Alden Bentley)