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Chantilly, Virginia - 20 August 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"After 2 1/2 years of the president's leadership, America is leading in space once again. This president recognizes what the American people have known for more than a half a century, that is that our security our prosperity and our very way of life depend on American leadership and American leadership in space. Now we acknowledge that low earth orbit is not our final destination but rather it is a training ground for the infinite frontier of space. And I can assure you the American people are ready for the next chapter in our nation's history in space. So at the president's direction, we've we put an end to decades of budget cuts and decline and we've renewed America's commitment to human space exploration, vowing to go further into space, farther and faster than ever before. That's why in our first year in office, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, making it the national policy of the United States of America to return to the moon and prioritize crewed missions to the lunar surface."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"Earlier this year President Trump made it the policy of this administration to return to the Moon by 2024 and ensure that the next man and the first woman on the moon will be American astronauts."
3. Cutaway of members of the Space Council applauding
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"And 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."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"So we're making great progress but we have new ambitions. In this still new century, America is not only going to return to the moon but we're going to return there with new objectives. Because unlike a half century ago, this time, our objective will be to establish a permanent presence on the lunar surface and from there we will develop the capabilities to journey to the red planet of Mars."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"As President Trump said, in his words, it is America's destiny to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown. And that's why the National Space Council was reconstituted and that's what brought us here today. And while the tasks before us involve hardship and hazard, sacrifice and perseverance, we know what the men and women of Apollo 11 knew 50 years ago. And that is simply this: that Americans can accomplish anything we set our minds to. And America will lead the world back into the vast expanse of space."
Vice President Mike Pence led the sixth meeting of the National Space Council Tuesday and touted America's "great progress" toward returning to space.
Speaking from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, Pence said under President Donald Trump's administration, the U.S. has renewed its commitment to human space exploratrion and is "vowing to go further into space farther and faster than ever before."
Pence reiterated the Trump administration policy to return American astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and he said 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 said traveling to the Moon and low Earth orbit "is not our final destination but rather it is a training ground for the infinite frontier of space."
He said American astronauts will have "new objectives" on their next ventures to the Moon, including establishing a permanent presence there capabilities to not only sustain human life there but journey to the red planet of Mars.
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing. Since Apollo astronauts last walked on the moon in 1972, no country has made a serious attempt to send humans back to the lunar surface.