Mike Pence says the USA is going to the moon and Mars

Mike Pence says the USA is going to the moon and Mars

Mike Pence says the USA is going to the moon and Mars

The Trump administration's space program began taking official shape today with word the America will go back to the moon first to establish a base. And they're promising that in five years, astronauts could be working around the moon, but it will be some time before they land there.

Here's what Vice President Mike Pence is saying: "We will return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundations we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond".

Then, Vice President Mike Pence picked Scott Pace to serve as executive director of the National Space Council-a Moon-first guy.

The president, Pence said, has "declared to all the world that America will lead in space once again". Pence also stressed the importance of commercial companies maintaining a permanent presence in lower Earth orbit so that NASA could focus on deep-space missions.

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.

In a panel on commercial spaceflight, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell described her companies development of reusable rockets and spacecraft, including the Big Falcon Rocket and Big Falcon Spaceship, which the company plans to use to transport people to the moon and Mars. The meeting was filled with presentations from various space industry leaders - including those from SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. "We can only decide to match and raise our adversaries who are already weaponizing space", former NASA chief Michael Griffin said. "America seems to have lost our edge in space", said Pence, "and those days are over".

His administration announced the moon program would be scrapped in favor of a plan to reach Mars. "We may not start it but we will finish it".

"America must be as dominant in space as we are here on earth", Pence said.

Above all, Pence stressed that the U.S. would lead in space again under the Trump administration. Perhaps we'll see some changes to the budget later this year, or perhaps with the president's budget request early next year. Pence also explained how desperately the USA needs technology of its own in space, to protect its surveillance, communication, and navigation systems from hacking attempts.

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