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Mike Pence: 'America Will Lead in Space Again'

Mike Pence: 'America Will Lead in Space Again'
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By    |   Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:35 AM

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday made a promise — "America will lead in space again," the new chairman of the National Space Council wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

And with that promise comes this one:

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

President Donald Trump revived the NSC and Pence will oversee the council's first meeting in 25 years when it convenes Thursday.

The vice president outlined two motivations behind the effort.

"The U.S. pays Russia more than $76 million a seat to carry American astronauts to the International Space Station, since we have no vehicle capable of performing this task," Pence wrote.

"The intelligence community reports that Russia and China are pursuing a full range of anti-satellite technology designed to threaten our military's effectiveness. These are only two examples of America's abdication of leadership in space," Pence wrote.

"In the face of this threat, America must be as dominant in the heavens as it is on Earth," the vice president wrote.

Pence says that all changes Thursday, when he kicks off the NSC with three clear objectives:

  • "Refocus America's space program toward human exploration and discovery."
  • "Renew America's commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security."
  • Promote reforms "to expand opportunities for American citizens and ensure that the U.S. is at the forefront of economic development in outer space."

And chief among those goals, Pence writes, is establishing a presence on the moon that will serve as a staging area for even loftier ambitions.

"That means launching American astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972. It means establishing a renewed American presence on the moon, a vital strategic goal," Pence wrote.

"And from the foundation of the moon, America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars," Pence wrote.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday made a promise — "America will lead in space again," the new chairman of the National Space Council wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.
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