The Next Giant Leap: US Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says

Vice President Mike Pence waves from Air Force Two

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.

The Verge noted how NASA has been developing a new rocket and spacecraft - the Space Launch System and Orion - to take astronauts into deep space and onto Mars.

He called the moon a "stepping stone" and "training ground" to help refocus the program on "human" space exploration. Pence also proclaimed that the U.S. 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. Pence also said that there will be a "constant presence" in low-Earth orbit.

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

Orbital ATK's Thompson said the US should be able to put astronauts on the moon within five years through such vehicles.


"America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars", Pence wrote. This raises questions about the extent to which such a venture, which nearly certainly must ultimately have worldwide support to succeed across multiple administrations, will be cast as an global venture. This is curious, because when Pence visited Houston to introduce the 2017 astronaut class, five of the 12 candidates were women, as was half of the 2013 class. Currently, NASA relies on the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to transport astronauts to and from the space station.

Rather, Pence cites the need to "look beyond the halls of government for insight and expertise".

After talking about how "we will blaze new trails into that great frontier" Pence turned the discussion to the dangers of space and how much of the USA intelligence system and day-to-day life are dependent on commercial satellites operating safely. It will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and include participation by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, as well as a number of Trump Administration cabinet members and senior officials, and aerospace industry leaders.

Two of the three panels consisted of executives of the spaceflight companies SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp., Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Orbital ATK.

Related:

  • Tom Petty Doc Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Recalls an

    Tom Petty Doc Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Recalls an "American Original"

    Man, was I lucky, and moreso we were lucky that Tom Petty passed our way and left us a soundtrack more significant every day". Petty's 2014 album Hypnotic Eye , which would prove to be his last release, earned the Heartbreakers their first No. 1.
    Pixel 2 Best Buy Pre-Orders Might Include Google Home Mini

    Pixel 2 Best Buy Pre-Orders Might Include Google Home Mini

    The Google Home Mini is a sleek design with rounded corners to make it look like an ornament and seemingly integrate into a room. That big ticket does include a 12-month subscription for Youtube Red , which would otherwise cost $120.
    VX poison killed Kim Jong Nam

    VX poison killed Kim Jong Nam

    Prosecutors at Malaysia's High Court were seeking to establish the basic facts regarding Kim Jong Nam's death on February 13. Doctor Nik Mohd Adrul Ariff Raja Azlan told the court that Jong-nam was unable to speak when he asked what had happened.
  • Walmart Buys Logistics Startup to Enable Same-Day Delivery in NY

    Walmart Buys Logistics Startup to Enable Same-Day Delivery in NY

    Its current clients - who it will continue to serve, Walmart said - include meal kit companies like Chef'd and Purple Carrot. Faust said NY , where Parcel is based, is the top market for both Jet and Walmart.com due to the density of the population.
    Range Rover Sport gets a plug-in hybrid makeover

    Range Rover Sport gets a plug-in hybrid makeover

    The 2018 Range Rover Sport lineup will arrive in Australia in April, with prices starting from $95,100 (excluding on-road costs). And to keeps all other screens alive as well, the sportiest Range Rover can be ordered with up to 12 power outlets.
    Russian Federation  investigation: The 'collusion issue is still open', says Senate intelligence chairman

    Russian Federation investigation: The 'collusion issue is still open', says Senate intelligence chairman

    Burr said the panel wanted to finish its investigation by the end of the year. Burr and the committee's vice chairman, Sen.
  • Catalan president lives outside law - Spain's deputy prime minister

    Catalan president lives outside law - Spain's deputy prime minister

    In a rare address to the nation on Tuesday, the Spanish monarch, King Felipe said Sunday's vote was illegal and unconstitutional . The far-left party CUP says Catalonia's regional parliament will consider a declaration of independence from Spain on Monday.
    Woman expecting yoga mat delivery gets $400K worth of oxycodone instead

    Woman expecting yoga mat delivery gets $400K worth of oxycodone instead

    York County drug agents gave Channel 9 photos of the drugs, and the box they came in, shipped from Newport Beach, California. The post office knew she had moved and thought they would do her a favor by delivering it to her new address.
    LA Chargers Hope To End Losing Streak As They Face Philadelphia Eagles

    LA Chargers Hope To End Losing Streak As They Face Philadelphia Eagles

    And we just stunk the first quarter of our season. "And it all comes down to his study and preparation". And he was vastly improved from the week before, when he began rotating with Stefen Wisniewski .
  • Instagram Stories receives new 'interactive poll sticker' along with new creative tools

    Instagram Stories receives new 'interactive poll sticker' along with new creative tools

    Along the bottom of the screen, to the left of the spectrum of colors you're used to seeing, you'll see a new eyedropper icon. Now just like adding a sticker, users can add a two-answer poll on top of their stories that friends can answer.

    Tesla Model 3 Production Off to a Slow Start

    However, the company's quarterly results reveal that just 260 Model 3s were built in Q3 "due to production bottlenecks". Tesla called the third quarter "our all-time best quarter for deliveries " in an investor message posted online.
    Roku unveils new streaming sticks and 4K HDR box

    Roku unveils new streaming sticks and 4K HDR box

    Smart TVs from brands like TCL, Hisense, RCA and others that run Roku's Smart TV system have always been among CNET's favorites . As for availability , all of the new streaming players can be pre-ordered beginning today and will be available on October 8.

Comments

Latest news

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. were nearly indicted over fraud accusations
Kasowitz stated "I have never made a contribution to anyone's campaign, including Cy Vance's, as a "quid-pro-quo" for anything". None of the investigators on the case reportedly were present.

Saudi Arabia invests $1bn
Although Chechnya has a population of just over one million, Mr Kadyrov is one of Russia's most influential officials. Lavrov said the Saudi monarch and Putin's meeting saw a "particular focus on Syria , Iraq, Libya and Yemen".

Divided Uber board reaches peace with SoftBank, governance deal
As of Sunday, Thain and Burns still weren't official board members of the San Francisco-based company, one of the people said. On Aug. 30, media mogul and Uber board member Arianna Huffington posted a happy photo to her Twitter account.

Google Pixelbook Specs And Price Confirmed
They work closely with the Pixel 2 for pairing and using the Google Assistant , and it can also translate languages on the fly. As for launching the Google Assistant, the Pixelbook features a dedicated key on the keyboard.

Alleged BTC-E Admin and Bitcoin Launderer Will Be Extradited to US
Vinnik, 38, was detained in Greece on July 25 at the request of USA authorities charging him with a number of offenses. Authorities suspect he was ringleader and responsible for alleged laundering activity since 2011.

BSF Camp Near Srinagar Airport Attacked
The airport is managed by the Indian Air Force and also doubles as a military base with many attack helicopters based there. Following the attack, all the morning flights were cancelled, and airports were sealed till security clearance.

House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Additionally, late-term abortions that occur after 20 weeks are often rare because they only occur in complex circumstances. Senator Lindsey Graham indicated October 3 he would introduce a bill in the Senate modeled on the House measure .

Indian liquor mogul Vijay Mallya arrested in United Kingdom for second time
Outside the courtroom, Mallya said that has "done nothing wrong" and described the allegations against him as "fabricated". April 2015 - To recover the funds, Mumbai International Airport sold Vijay Mallya's personal aircraft for Rs 22 lakh.

Amit Shah to flag off BJP campaign against political violence in Kerala
Delhi BJP's protest would be to carry forward its national president's Jan Raksha Yatra in Kerala which started from Tuesday. In 2014 it got 10% of the votes while in 2016 during the state assembly elections it managed an increase of 5 %.

Minnesota Twins vs New York Yankees in AL Wild Card
Luis Severino pitches for the Yanks - he's 23, he averaged 97.6 miles per hour on his fastball, tops among qualified starters. The victor of Tuesday night's game will advance to take on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

Nobel Winners' Work In Physics Began With Albert Einstein
More than 1,000 scientists from universities around the USA and other countries conduct LIGO research as members of the LSC . Who will win a Nobel physics prize is often anyone's guess; the selection process is notoriously secretive.

Pro-Trump accounts tried to frame left-wing activist for Las Vegas shooting
But because that removal was "delayed", the company said, images of the incorrect story were captured and circulated online. Several accounts pointed the finger at an "Islamic convert" who is actually a comedian beloved by the far right.

QRC aid to Rohingya in Bangladesh
On occasions when the Rohingya village chief decides to leave, the whole hamlet will follow, emptying a village "in just a few hours".

Palestinian government meets in Gaza for first time since 2014
Later on Tuesday, Egyptian Intelligence Minister Khaled Fawzy is expected to arrive in Gaza to meet with PA and Hamas officials. Previous attempts at reconciliation have failed, and there are hard obstacles which still stand in the way.

Sturridge not the same since Suarez left Liverpool, claims Carragher
Liverpool were wasteful in front of goal against Newcastle having 17 shots but only two of them found the target. He was by some distance Klopp's most risky player and produced his goal from a nothing situation.

Other news