NASA Provides Coverage for First Meeting of the National Space Council

Enlarge  Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Kennedy Space Center earlier this

Enlarge Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Kennedy Space Center earlier this

"We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but [also] to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond", Pence said today (Oct. 5) at the first meeting of the newly reinstated National Space Council (NSC).

As evidence of this drift, Pence cited the fact that NASA astronauts haven't gone beyond low-Earth orbit since the final Apollo moon mission, in 1972.

Unlike previous government-run efforts at space exploration in the past, Pence said, the new goal will be to "look beyond the halls of government" and partner with private US space exploration companies.

"We will return American astronauts to the moon", he said. And they're promising that in five years, astronauts could be working around the moon, but it will be some time before they land there.

And the moon 'will be a stepping-stone, a training ground, ' he said, on the way to Mars. 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.

Pence criticized previous administrations for allowing NASA to fall behind the space programs of other nations, specifically Russian Federation and China, while noting that in the half-century since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the famous first lunar landing aboard Apollo 11, the United States has "ceded ground" due to "apathy and neglect" for space exploration.

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"America must lead in space once again".

Now he'll have to contend with wrangling unknown sums of money out of Congress for a three-pronged strategy that includes civil space exploration, commercial development of space travel, and national security issues related to orbiting satellites and potential weapons.

'Rather than lead in space, too often, we have chosen to drift.

Pence pledged that the Trump administration, with the help of the NSC, will develop and implement a coherent, long-term US space strategy. "And we will once again astonish the world as we boldly go to meet our future in the skies and in the stars". Perhaps we'll see some changes to the budget later this year, or perhaps with the president's budget request early next year.

The meeting, titled "Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council", will be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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