Vice President Mike Pence has a deep-seated love for space, at least by his own account, and in his new role as vice president he’s like a kid in celestial candy shop. The biggest prize so far has been the National Space Council, which Trump officially relaunched last week with an executive order and which Pence will chair.
“I’m honored and frankly enthusiastic about the role @POTUS has asked me to play in renewing our nation’s commitment to space,” Pence tweeted Friday after the announcement.
A National Aeronautics and Space Council was first formed under President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 and existed until 1973. The National Space Council was formed in 1989 but ceased operations in 1993. Pence and his colleagues in the resurrected group will review U.S. space policy; develop a strategy and recommendations for national space activities, policies and issues; advise on international space activities; and “facilitate the resolution of differences concerning major space and space-related policy matters,” according to the executive order that revived the National Space Council.
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