VIDEO: President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Reestablishing National Space Council

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Vice President Mike Pence will chair the council

ABOVE VIDEO: President Donald Trump signs an Executive Order to reestablish the National Space Council, alongside members of Congress, NASA and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday. Vice President Mike Pence, also in attendance, will chair the council. NASA astronauts David Wolf and Alvin Drew and retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin attended.

(NASA) – NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot issued a statement after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to reestablish the National Space Council, alongside members of Congress, NASA and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence, also in attendance, will chair the council. NASA astronauts David Wolf and Alvin Drew and retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin attended.

“I am pleased that President Trump has signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council,” said Lightfoot.

“The council existed previously from 1989-1993, and a version of it also existed as the National Aeronautics and Space Council from 1958-1973. As such, the council has guided NASA from our earliest days and can help us achieve the many ambitious milestones we are striving for today.

“This high-level group advises the president and comprises the leaders of government agencies with a stake in space, including the NASA administrator, the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Defense, and others, and will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.

The Council will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.

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“It will help ensure that all aspects of the nation’s space power — national security, commerce, international relations, exploration, and science, are coordinated and aligned to best serve the American people.

A Users’ Advisory Group also will be convened so that the interests of industries and other non-federal entities are represented.

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.”

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