Trump administration officials are pledging to send Americans back to the moon - and then on to Mars.
Pence, recalling his wonder at space watching a black-and-white television in IN and seeing shuttle launches as a member of Congress, vowed a new age of discovery, but he also called American leadership beyond earth as "vital to our national security". Pence also said that there will be a "constant presence" in low-Earth orbit.
"We will renew America's commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security". "We will return Americans to the moon. and build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond". And they're promising that in five years, astronauts could be working around the moon - but not quite land there yet.
His administration announced the moon program would be scrapped in favor of a plan to reach Mars. "By fostering much stronger partnerships between the federal government and the realm of industry, and bringing the full force of our national interests to bear, American leadership in space will be assured".
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Pence said re-committing to space exploration is vital for the nation's economy and security, and he praised President Trump for spearheading what he billed as a renewed effort to ensure American dominance on the final frontier.
Pence repeatedly connected space exploration with national security.
However, it's unclear what truly lies ahead for NASA, as most of today's National Space Council meeting was big on talk, while light on concrete strategies.
But it could be some time before we know how the Trump administration plans to lead in space again. "In the face of these actions America must be as dominant in space as we are here on Earth", he added. Perhaps we'll see some changes to the budget later this year, or perhaps with the president's budget request early next year.
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.