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USA: Mike Pence says United States Space Force now on the horizon03:41

USA: Mike Pence says United States Space Force now on the horizon

United States, Chantilly
August 20, 2019 at 19:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the sixth National Space Council (NSC) meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, on Tuesday.

"Once we return to the Moon, we're going to develop the technologies to live and thrive in a multi-month expedition at its south pole. Using what we learn on the Moon will bring us closer to the day, as the President said that American astronauts will plant the stars and stripes on the surface of Mars," Pence told the National Space Council.

The Vice President Mike Pence also reaffirmed the government’s plans to establish a Space Force; a sixth branch of the armed forces to tackle security challenges in space and announced that US Air Force General John Raymond will head the US Space Command as a first step to the formation of the unit.

"Soon Congress will approve and the president will sign the sixth branch of the armed forces of the United States; the United States Space Force," he said.

"Working with our industry leaders before the year is out the United States will once again send American astronauts into space on American rockets, from American soil," the Vice President also said.

The National Space Council was disbanded in 1993 but revived again under President Donald Trump. The council is headed by Vice President Mike Pence.

USA: Mike Pence says United States Space Force now on the horizon03:41
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US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the sixth National Space Council (NSC) meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, on Tuesday.

"Once we return to the Moon, we're going to develop the technologies to live and thrive in a multi-month expedition at its south pole. Using what we learn on the Moon will bring us closer to the day, as the President said that American astronauts will plant the stars and stripes on the surface of Mars," Pence told the National Space Council.

The Vice President Mike Pence also reaffirmed the government’s plans to establish a Space Force; a sixth branch of the armed forces to tackle security challenges in space and announced that US Air Force General John Raymond will head the US Space Command as a first step to the formation of the unit.

"Soon Congress will approve and the president will sign the sixth branch of the armed forces of the United States; the United States Space Force," he said.

"Working with our industry leaders before the year is out the United States will once again send American astronauts into space on American rockets, from American soil," the Vice President also said.

The National Space Council was disbanded in 1993 but revived again under President Donald Trump. The council is headed by Vice President Mike Pence.