Mike Pence Calls for Permanent US Presence on Moon
The Trump administration's latest efforts in ramping up "American dominance in space" came in the form of a planned permanent U.S. presence "around and on the moon."
The new move was announced during a speech by Vice President Mike Pence, who on Aug. 23 visited NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas to discuss the future of space exploration and the agency's plans to return to the moon.
Pence urged staff members at NASA's space center to establish the presence by 2020, before their eventual travel to Mars.
"We will open the way for innovators and development and we will lead once again in human exploration," Pence said.
The Trump administration has made the moon a focal point because they recognize it's "pivotal importance," Pence said, adding that it is "the most important precursor to outposts on the moon and the mission to Mars."