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Pence points NASA back to moon landing - forget Mars for now

Pence points NASA back to moon landing - forget Mars for now

Pence said then that he saw the future of space exploration including trips to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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 group "ensure [s] that all aspects of the nation's space power - national security, commerce, global relations, exploration, and science, are coordinated and aligned to best serve the American people".

He made the comments one day after vowing in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that "America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars". And many members of the National Space Council and Trump's NASA transition team have been advocates of lunar missions.

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

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At its first meeting in a quarter-century Thursday, the recently-resurrected National Space Council met with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the US space agenda's aim to send astronauts "to Mars and beyond".

The United States hasn't sent an American astronaut beyond low-Earth orbit in 45 years, he said.

The Vice President said the meeting will outline the Trump administration's vision for space enterprise for the first time in over 25 years. He mentions an advisory group composed of commercial space leaders and says, "business is leading the way on space technology, and we intend to draw from the bottomless well of innovation to solve the challenges ahead". Trump re-established the National Space Council in an executive order signed in June.

Now, the USA pays Russian Federation $76 million in rocket-fare each time an American needs to reach the International Space Station. SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell touted the company's successful Falcon 9 rocket launches and landings, while Boeing reminded NASA of its long history building the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

"Space is vital to our national security". "With the upcoming budget process, we will look to solidify this work with our new goals in place", NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.