VP Pence to Hold National Space Council Meeting in Virginia

Vice President Mike Pence waves from Air Force Two

The Trump administration's space program began taking official shape today with word the America will go back to the moon first to establish a base.

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting on October 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

"We will refocus America's space program toward human exploration and discovery", Pence wrote.

"American leadership in space will be assured", Pence said at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

'Not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundations we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond'.

Orbital ATK's Thompson said the USA should be able to put astronauts on the moon within five years through such vehicles. In response, the space agency devised a plan to pluck a boulder off a space rock and haul that fragment into orbit around the moon. He mentions an advisory group composed of commercial space leaders and says, "business is leading the way on space technology, and we intend to draw from the bottomless well of innovation to solve the challenges ahead". The representatives of these companies discussed how their organizations could best serve NASA in achieving its goals, either by providing rockets and services or by building new space vehicles.




We will renew America's commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security.

Pence explained that America "seems to have lost our edge in space".

Pence pledged that the Trump administration, with the help of the NSC, will develop and implement a coherent, long-term USA space strategy. 'But now we start again'.

"Rather than lead in space, too often, we've chosen to drift", he said.

In a statement today, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that NASA will once again put people on the moon, though no time frame for this planned project was given. Perhaps we'll see some changes to the budget later this year, or perhaps with the president's budget request early next year.

Former President George W. Bush launched an ambitious plan to travel to the moon and Mars a decade ago, but President Barack Obama ultimately scrapped the plans over cost concerns.

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