From the White House Office of the Press Secretary for Immediate Release:

America Will Return To The Moon—And Go Beyond
By Vice President Mike Pence
The Wall Street Journal

The National Space Council will assist 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 chairman, Vice President Pence will deliver a simple message: America will lead in space again.

The intelligence community reports that Russia and China are pursuing a full range of antisatellite technology designed to threaten our military’s effectiveness.

We will refocus America’s space program toward human exploration and discovery.

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.

We will renew America’s commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security.

We will promote regulatory, technological, and educational reforms to expand opportunities for American citizens and ensure that the U.S. is at the forefront of economic development in outer space.

In the coming weeks, President Trump and I will assemble a Users’ Advisory Group partly composed of leaders from America’s burgeoning commercial space industry.

As the National Space Council meets Thursday, our nation can know with confidence: Under President Trump, America will lead in space again.

Read the full op-ed here.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: White House Office of the Press Secretary

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