Pence: America must be 'dominant in space'

NASA Provides Coverage for First Meeting of the National Space Council

It's certainly interesting to re-focus efforts on space exploration. Pence also proclaimed that the U.S. will be the first nation to put humans on Mars - whether that will be via NASA or a private company like SpaceX (or a mixture of both) is yet to be seen.

Now, Pence says, is the time to recognize that 'in the absence of American leadership, other nations have seized the opportunity to stake their claim in the infinite frontier'.

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

"America must lead in space once again", he said.

"America must lead in space once again".

Past presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and to a lesser extent Barack Obama have proposed spectacular missions to the moon or Mars or both, only to have funding trouble keep them from coming true, said space expert Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation.

Among the signatories of the statement were Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon, and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell.

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Above all, Pence stressed that the U.S. would lead in space again under the Trump administration.

"We will renew the American spirit itself and rekindle our belief that America can accomplish anything", Pence, the chairman of the council, said during his speech at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. In recent years NASA has talked about sending humans to a space station near the Moon but not landing astronauts there.

The intelligence community reports that Russian Federation and China are pursuing a full range of antisatellite technology created to threaten our military's effectiveness. It will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and include participation by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, as well as a number of Trump Administration cabinet members and senior officials, and aerospace industry leaders.

According to NASA, the council was known as the National Aeronautics and Space Council from 1958 to 1973, and as the National Space Council from 1989 to 1993.

He said the Space Council's mandate is to find a way to maintain 'a constant commercial, human presence in low-Earth orbit'.

President Donald Trump ordered the National Space Council back into existence in June to "reinvigorate" the USA space program.

Left unsaid is how NASA will get humans to the Moon and (eventually, probably decades from now) Mars.

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