‘We will put American boots on the face of Mars’ Says The US Vice President Mike Pence, Assures That Under President Trump, American Security Will Be As Dominant In The Heavens As On Earth

The United States vice president Mike Pence has vowed that the United States will send astronauts to the Moon and Mars, setting new goals for American space exploration under the Trump administration. During this session, we’ll find out about his recent speech on the American space programs.

The Speech From VP Pence

While delivering remarks to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) staffs at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, vice president Mike Pence aforementioned,

“Here from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

Source: Houston Chronicle (American VP Mike Pence in NASA)
Source: Houston Chronicle (American VP Mike Pence in NASA)

Additionally, Pence also highly-admired NASA’s efforts toward “making the science fiction ‘science fact,‘” and reiterated President Trump’s commitment to NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery.

“The American space program has a champion in the President of the United States,”

he said, adding that the White House plans to “usher in a new era” of American space leadership.

Source: spaceflightinsider.com (Pence in NASA astronaut candidate naming)
Source: spaceflightinsider.com (Pence in NASA astronaut candidate naming)

Likewise, Pence also aforementioned space is significant to the American national security interests.

“I can assure you that under President Donald Trump, American security will be as dominant in the heavens as we are here on Earth.”

However, the White House didn’t straightaway respond to CNN’s request for additional details on Thursday afternoon.

Space Programs Under the Trump Administration

Previous Friday, President Trump issued an executive order to revive the National Space Council. The Council was originally established in 1989 by the then President, George Bush; however, it was discontinued later on in 1993.

Source: Yahoo (President Donald Trump displays a NASA jacket after signing legislation to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s)
Source: Yahoo (President Donald Trump displays a NASA jacket after signing legislation to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s)

Pence, the new chair of the National Space Council, also pledged to convene the council within the coming months. He plans on “holding the first meeting of the Council before the summer is out.”

Likewise, Pence also added that the council will compile specialists from numerous fields, including government agencies, the military, private industries and educational institutions to boost the Trump administration’s space policy.

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Response to Trump’s Decision On Space

In a promulgation, acting administrator of NASA, Robert Lightfoot admired the Trump administration for revitalizing the National Space Council and supporting NASA’s space voyaging efforts.

“The establishment of the council is another demonstration of the Trump administration’s deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole,”

he said.

Source: SpaceNews (Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate adminstrator.)
Source: SpaceNews (Robert Lightfoot, NASA administrator.)

Trump on Space

President Trump has lauded the long run of space exploration in the past. In his inaugural address earlier this year in January, he said that the US is “ready to unlock the mysteries of space.”

Two months later, in March, he signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA’s space operations, aeronautics, technology and education schemes for 2017.

However, the concerns the exploration of Mars don’t seem to be new to the Trump administration. In an op-ed last fall, the outgoing President, Barack Obama set a “clear goal” to send humans to Mars by the 2030s and to have them come back to Earth safely, “with the ultimate ambition to one day remains there for an extended time.”

Source: national Journal (
Source: National Journal (George W. Bush also announced an ambitious plan to return to the moon by 2020)

Similarly, in 2004, President George W. Bush also had declared a bold plan to return to the Moon by the year of 2020. It was done with hopes of allocating enough NASA resources to succeed in manned-mission to Mars in the future.

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Short Bio Of Mike Pence

Mike Pence is an American politician and lawyer. He is a Republican. He is the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. From 2013 to 2017, he served as the 50th Governor of Indiana. In addition to politics, Mike is a former conservative radio and television talk show host. He worked as a radio and TV host from 1994 to 1999. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the chairman of the House Republican Conference. He spent 10 years in the House of Representatives. Pence became the Vice President of the United States alongside Donald Trump in 2017.

Article Courtesy: CNN