1. Screen grab of Astronaut Nick Hague (partly covers soundbite)
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2. STILL: Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch (partly covers soundbite)
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Washington - 12 December 2018
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"We are all relieved. I know we breathe a sigh of relief when Nick, Nick Hague, Nick Hague and Christina Hammock Koch returned safely from the aborted launch but I'm very pleased because I've been bothering (NASA Administrator Jim (Bridenstine) about it. To hear that, that Nick and Christina will be headed back to space this February and the mission goes on. You'll give them our best. And of course last month the world, the world watched as NASA did the impossible again when the Insight lander touched down on Mars. And America is still the only nation on earth to safely land on Mars. Congratulations NASA. What a great day."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"I want to make you a promise that we are going to work on behalf of each and every one of you to make sure that you have the resources here that will enable the completion of the Orion space capsule and the Space Launch System. This year was a year to build. Next year will be a year to fly.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pence, US Vice President:
"But next year is going to be a very busy year. I just encourage each and every one of you keep your head down, keep working hard but get get used to the pace. OK. Because we're absolutely determined to once again lead the world back into the exploration of space."
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