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Boeing and Blue Origin CEOs become space advisers

Mike Pence and Discovery
Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks at the National Space Council’s inaugural meeting last October 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)

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith are among 29 candidates for the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group, which is meant to promote coordination, cooperation and information exchange for the U.S. space effort. Vice President Mike Pence listed the candidates on the eve of a National Space Council meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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