During the first meeting of the National Space Council, on Oct. 5, Vice President Mike Pence – chair of the council – outlined the Trump Administration’s vision and expectations for the council, which include returning American astronauts to the moon – to build the foundation needed to send Americans to Mars and beyond.
The meeting, titled “Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council,” was held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Participants included NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, as well as a number of Trump Administration cabinet members and senior officials, and aerospace industry leaders. The council heard testimony from expert witnesses who represent the sectors of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space, and National Security Space.
President Trump signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council on June 30.