The Trump administration's space program began taking official shape today with word the America will go back to the moon first to establish a base.
Pence said that in the coming weeks, he and President Trump will assemble a Users' Advisory Group partly composed of leaders from the commercial space industry.
Orbital ATK's Thompson said the US should be able to put astronauts on the moon within five years through such vehicles.
"The moon will be a stepping stone, a training ground, a venue to strengthen our commercial and worldwide partnerships as we refocus America's space program toward human space exploration", Pence added.
Pence served on the NASA subcommittee during his days in the House of Representatives, and has spoken often about watching rocket launches on TV as a child.
We will renew America's commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security.
Five months later, he reinstituted the space council with an executive order signing ceremony. 'But now we start again'. Pence also stressed the importance of commercial companies maintaining a permanent presence in lower Earth orbit so that NASA could focus on deep-space missions.
Pence said re-committing to space exploration is vital for the nation's economy and security, and he praised President Trump for spearheading what he billed as a renewed effort to ensure American dominance on the final frontier. "And, as we learned 60 years ago, when we drift, we fall behind". The Space Shuttle program was terminated in 2011, during the Obama administration.
In a statement today, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that NASA will once again put people on the moon, though no time frame for this planned project was given.
The acting administrator of NASA said he was "confident and excited" about bringing a plan to the president to further NASA's work.
'According to the USA intelligence community, Russian Federation and China are pursuing a full range of anti-satellite technology to reduce US military effectiveness, and they are increasingly considering attacks against satellite systems as part of their future warfare doctrine'.
The International Space Station is a low-Earth orbit satellite.