Vice President Mike Pence authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the administration's vision for U.S. leadership and space exploration in advance of the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council on October 5 at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Key quotes about exploration from the op-ed are highlighted below:
"President Trump has revived the National Space Council to assist him in developing and implementing long-range strategic goals for our nation’s space policy. On Thursday the council will hold its first meeting in nearly 25 years, and as its chairman, I will deliver a simple message: America will lead in space again. More than ever, American prosperity and security depend on U.S. leadership in space. Yet national space policy often has lacked a coherent, cohesive vision. The results not only are disappointing; they endanger the well-being of the American people.
"The president has charged the National Space Council with restoring that leadership. The council’s objectives are clear. We will refocus America’s space program toward human exploration and discovery. 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. And from the foundation of the moon, America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars.
To read the full op-ed, please visit: https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-will-return-to-the-moonand-go-beyond-1507158341