National Space Council hears calls for moon trips

Mike Pence and Discovery

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks at the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting, conducted at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The shuttle Discovery looms in the background. (NASA Photo / Joel Kowsky)

The Trump administration plans to send astronauts and robots back to the moon in as little as five years’ time, as a prelude to Mars missions.

That’s one of the calls to action emerging from today’s first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council under the leadership of Vice President Mike Pence.

“We will return American astronauts to the moon,” Pence declared, “not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.”

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