Pence vows USA will return to moon, go to Mars

Pence vows USA will return to moon, go to Mars

Pence vows USA will return to moon, go to Mars

One camp maintains that returning to the moon is a mistake.

President Trump has revived the National Space Council to assist him in developing and implementing long-range strategic goals for our nation's space policy. It's not surprising that the Trump administration is valuing short-term gains over a longer, more ambitious project.

Vice President Mike Pence told a meeting of the National Space Council, the first such session since 1993, that the U.S.

The duo - Trump and Pence, that is - will soon choose the individuals comprising a Users" Advisory Group that includes "leaders from America's burgeoning commercial space industry.' Pence has vowed that the administration will promote a variety of educational, regulatory, and technologic reforms for giving USA citizens expanded 'opportunities, ' presumably related to space.

The vice president also noted that it's been 40 years since the United States sent an astronaut farther than the International Space Station in low Earth orbit.

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"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.

There are several notable phrases in there.

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. "In the face of this threat, America must be as dominant in the heavens as it is on Earth", Pence wrote in the op-ed. This raises questions about the extent to which such a venture, which nearly certainly must ultimately have worldwide support to succeed across multiple administrations, will be cast as an global venture. The current plan is to use these vehicles to build a space station in the vicinity of the Moon, known as the Deep Space Gateway, where astronauts can train and then depart for missions to Mars.

Rather, Pence cites the need to "look beyond the halls of government for insight and expertise".

In the coming weeks, President Trump and I will assemble a Users' Advisory Group partly composed of leaders from America's burgeoning commercial space industry. Blue Origin rocket company chief executive officer Bob Smith said his firm could have a lunar lander program ready within five years. Perhaps Pence will elaborate on this issue during the first space council meeting, which begins at 10am ET Thursday.

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