"And from the foundation of the moon, America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars", Pence wrote. But the cancellation of the manned program meant NASA would need worldwide assistance to go to Mars, angering former astronauts, who issued a statement denouncing the "devastating" plan that "destines our nation to become one of second- or even third-rate stature".
In a statement today, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that NASA will once again put people on the moon, though no time frame for this planned project was given.
VP Mike Pence speaking at the first National Space Council meeting.
The Vice President said the meeting will outline the Trump administration's vision for space enterprise for the first time in over 25 years.More news: Oscar Pistorius has a 'horrific' movie made after him, here's the trailer
"America must lead in space once again".
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 U.S. citizens expanded 'opportunities, ' presumably related to space.
Pence, in his opening remarks Thursday, pointed to space vessels on display at the museum that represent "a pinnacle in the history of man's quest for knowledge and adventure".
Pence delivered his remarks at the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council, the body's first such gathering in almost 25 years.More news: Two killed in Pakistan shelling on LoC (Second Lead)
Above all, Pence stressed that the United States would lead in space again under the Trump administration. In recent years NASA has talked about sending humans to a space station near the Moon but not landing astronauts there.
He cited intelligence community reports that Russian Federation and China are pursuing a full range of anti-satellite technology created to threaten the USA military's effectiveness.
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. To correct this, he said, "President Trump has charged this National Space Council with reviewing America's current policy and our long range goals and coordinating all national space activities from security to commerce to exploration".
"We have proven that USA ventures in space lead to broad societal benefits that lift our national economy", said Hewson.More news: Las Vegas shooting: How you can help
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