Governor Mike Pence gave a stirring speech to thousands of NASA and space workers on Florida’s Space Coast, declaring the Trump-Pence administration would restore our space program and focus on deep space exploration (Moon, Mars and beyond).
Flanked by the Space Coast’s own Congressman, Bill Posey, the Chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, Brian Babin of Texas, and the former Congressman from the Space Coast, Dave Weldon, Pence’s message was welcome news in a campaign where many worried the next president would continue Obama’s policies which dealt a near-fatal blow to deep space exploration.
Calling for plans to “lead America to the stars,” the audience cheered Pence’s plans to “focus the mission of NASA on space exploration,” which could allow Americans to return to the Moon and go to Mars, Pence set a high standard evocative of President Kennedy’s bold goals, “we all know that space is the final frontier. And just as we’ve always done before, America needs to lead the way on the final frontier!”
This was a powerful message of support and hope for commercial space, NASA and the greater community of space supporters across America, and offers the prospect of a very real “Journey to Mars” in marked contrast to Hillary Clinton’s likely continuation of Obama’s destruction of space exploration plans.
Pence would chair a revived National Space Policy Council which would restructure NASA to focus on deep space exploration, eliminate functions duplicated by other agencies such as global warming theory advocacy, structure new relationships with commercial space companies, and advance plans for launching Americans on deep space exploration missions during their first and second terms.
President Kennedy challenged America to go to the Moon, and just eight years later Neil Armstrong made the historic “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The last eight years set America back by a decade or more in deep space exploration–which awarded China and Russia a similar head-start in very real space race, a point not lost on Pence who warned, “we cannot afford to fall further behind in space exploration or technology.”
A Trump-Pence administration would set NASA on bold, new course for breathtaking accomplishments in space within the next administration; to make America great again in space for real.
Gov. Mike Pence’s Speech on NASA and Space Policy
Cocoa Beach, Florida, October 31, 2016
Also read the definitive paper on how President Obama hijacked NASA from space exploration to global warming - by Coalition Director Art Harman.