VP Pence to Hold National Space Council Meeting in Virginia

Vice President Mike Pence addressed NASA employees in July

Pence made the administration's intentions known in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, as well as a speech he gave during the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council - a newly resurrected executive group aimed at guiding the U.S. space agenda.

Back in June, President Trump re-established the council by an executive order to restore America's capability to engage in space travel and exploration.

"The President has charged us with laying the foundation for American to maintain a constant commercial human presence in low-Earth orbit".

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. However it still marks a fundamental change for the space agency, which has been focused on sending humans to Mars since 2010 - without any plans for landing people on the Moon.

Space industry leaders said they and NASA are building the spaceships to get there.

Along with Pence, members of the National Space Council include Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Deputy Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios and Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars", Pence wrote.

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

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

The council, dormant for almost a quarter-century until President Donald Trump ordered it reconstituted, is meant to advise the president on policy and strategy for space.

"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", the site said. "And we will once again astonish the world as we boldly go to meet our future in the skies and in the stars".

Related News:



Most liked

Saudi Arabia agrees to buy Russian S-400 air defense system
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is meeting Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Russian capital on Thursday. The two countries also signed a deal to set up a $1 billion joint investment fund.

Netflix is raising its prices starting this month
The price of the Standard tariff, which offers two-screens of simultaneous viewing and HD video, is going up from $9.99 to $10.99. Wall Street appeared to approve of the move, as Netflix shares were up almost 4% to $191 apiece in midday trading.

Senate Intel Committee on Russia: "Issue of collusion is still open"
According to a dossier authored by a former British intelligence official, Christopher Steele , Trump campaign officials worked hand-in-glove with Kremlin operatives.

Equifax breach caused by lone employee's error, former CEO says
Newly retired Equifax CEO Richard Smith told House members: "As CEO, I was ultimately responsible for what happened on my watch, ".

Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend has left Philippines for US
She arrived in Manila in September, they said. "It happened a lot", Starbucks Supervisor Esperanza Mendoza told the Times . According to Danley's LinkedIn , she had worked previously at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno as a hostess.

King Salman Visits Russia Thursday, $10 Billion Expected in Joint Projects
Economy declined 2.3% from April to June over the years first three months, impacted by the budget cuts done due to oils lower prices.

Russian political Facebook ads were seen by up to 10m Americans
While many recent criticisms of Facebook are indeed warranted, no one can accuse the company of not taking security seriously. Trump also won Wisconsin by less than 1% of the vote, the first time that state backed a Republican nominee since 1984.

Facebook's Messenger Lite Android App Launched In Four Markets
Facebook Messenger Lite , a dialed down version of Facebook's chat app is expanding to the US, UK, Canada , and Ireland. It is estimated that there would be around 47 million times downloads since launch, led by India and Brazil.

Putin condoles with US Trump over Las Vegas mass shooting
Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and President Vladimir Putin's hometown, which has not been sanctioned. Charges brought against the Kremlin's top rival relate to the upcoming rally in St.

French police arrest five after gas cylinders found in building in Paris
Three suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France during multiple terror attacks in the city in November 2015 killing one person. One of the five suspects was under government surveillance for radicalism, Interior Minister Gerrard Collomb said.

Kim Jong-nam murder: Accused women plead not guilty, say was tricked
Raised in a rice farm in northern Vietnam, her family said they had hardly heard from her since she left home a decade ago. My eyes blur, I can't see", the police officer said Kim told him as they walked to a clinic in the airport.

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Donald Trump: 'You're Going Straight to Hell'
At least 16 people were killed by Hurricane Maria when the storm hit last weekend. "10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job", Trump added.

An Alabaman's Thoughts On Why Roy Moore Won
Strange's losing campaign had a total budget of about $30 million, while Moore's winning campaign only spent about $2.5 million. Mr Moore is now in the lead to win the seat in the general election on December 12 against Democratic candidate Doug Jones .

Iraqi Kurds have Created a Supreme Political Council to Negotiate with Baghdad
Erdogan further asserted that the Israeli intelligence services could have "helped the organisers of the referendum". Nasrallah accused Israel of supporting Kurdish statehood, describing the independence referendum as "a U.S".

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain will retire after one last start
What happened Sunday? The Giants won, thanks to Pablo Sandoval's walk-off home run against the Padres in Game 162 ( SF 5, SD 4 ). Sandoval's homer came off of Phil Maton , and it might have cost the Giants the chance to pick first in next year's draft.