"America is leading in space once again,” says Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday at the sixth meeting of the National Space Council.
Pence quotes President Donald J. Trump saying, “It is America's destiny to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown.”
Speaking from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, Pence says that America has renewed its vow to human space exploration.
[Mike Pence, US Vice President]:
"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.
Pence affirms America will “go further into space farther and faster than ever before.”
[Mike Pence, US Vice President]:
“Low earth orbit is not our final destination but rather it is a training ground for the infinite frontier of space. … American people are ready for the next chapter in our nation's history in space. So at the president's direction, we've put an end to decades of budget cuts … 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."

Pence highlights the Trump administration’s plan to return American astronauts to the Moon within five years.