Trump tells Mars Generation it should stop at moon first

Steve Phelps
October 6, 2017

"American leadership in space will be assured", Pence said. Pence also proclaimed that the United States will be the first nation to put humans on Mars - whether that will be via NASA or a private company like SpaceX (or a mixture of both) is yet to be seen.

The Vice President said the meeting will outline the Trump administration's vision for space enterprise for the first time in over 25 years.

"Here we are in 2017, still relying on the Russians to ferry our astronauts to the International Space Station", Pence said.

"Rather than lead in space, too often we've chosen to drift and, as we learned 60 years ago, when we drift we fall behind", he said.

"America is out-innovating the world in space launch", Shotwell said, noting that her company had launched 13 rockets this year, more than any other nation.

"America must lead in space once again".

And the moon 'will be a stepping-stone, a training ground, ' he said, on the way to Mars.

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Among the signatories of the statement were Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon, and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell.

Led by vice president Mike Pence, a bevy of White House officials and space industry executives met Thursday at the first National Space Council since its disbandment in 1993.

Above all, Pence stressed that the USA would lead in space again under the Trump administration. However, Pence believes starting with the Moon and establishing a firm presence on Earth's nearest neighbor, as "a vital strategic goal", ought to come first.

Pence said that in the coming weeks, he and President Trump will assemble a Users' Advisory Group partly composed of leaders from the commercial space industry.

"The current plan is to use these vehicles to build a space station in the vicinity of the Moon, known as the Deep Space Gateway, where astronauts can train and then depart for missions to Mars", the site said.

The meeting, titled "Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council", will be held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Now he'll have to contend with wrangling unknown sums of money out of Congress for a three-pronged strategy that includes civil space exploration, commercial development of space travel, and national security issues related to orbiting satellites and potential weapons.

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