Trump tells Mars Generation it should stop at moon first

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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. And they're promising that in five years, astronauts could be working around the moon - but not quite land there yet. Pence also proclaimed that the USA 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 Trump administration has re-assembled the National Space Council, which was disbanded in 1993. "American companies are on the cutting edge of space technology, and they're developing new rockets, spaceships, and satellites that will take us further into space faster than ever before", Pence said.

And Gwynn Shotwell, president of SpaceX, said her company next year will launch astronauts to the International Space Station, the first American launch of people since 2011.

The primacy of these stated goals was reflected in the makeup of the panelists at today's meeting, which was held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

'We started [it], but we never completed. Coats, Vice President Mike Pence, other top officials and outside space experts said the United States has to counter and perhaps match potential enemies' ability to target USA satellites. "We can only decide to match and raise our adversaries who are already weaponizing space", former NASA chief Michael Griffin said.

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In response, Walden said, "I don't think we can pass a law that, excuse me for saying this, fixes stupid". He said this to assure Congress members that core credit report files were not compromised or altered.

Above all, Pence stressed that the USA would lead in space again under the Trump administration.

"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. Perhaps we'll see some changes to the budget later this year, or perhaps with the president's budget request early next year.

Now, the USA pays Russian Federation $76 million in rocket-fare each time an American needs to reach the International Space Station.

Under the previous administration, that stepping stone was much smaller: President Barack Obama had directed NASA to prep for Mars trips by visiting a near-Earth asteroid.

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