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Nat’l Space Council Seeks More Gov’t Investment to Accelerate Mars Missions

Scott Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council, has said the Trump administration and NASA need to focus on long-term efforts to send humans to Mars, Space News reported Saturday. The council has already called on Congress to invest in more resources for the planned 2024 moon landing in order to establish a sustainable lunar presence and enable Mars missions to begin in “roughly a decade”, Pace told attendees at the International Space Development Conference in Arlington, Va. 

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NASA, Partners Detail How Human Spaceflight in LEO Can Boost Economy, Exploration

An interagency effort led by NASA submitted a report to the National Space Council detailing the opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit and how it could help boost economy and space exploration. The agency said Saturday, it issued the report in partnership with the departments of State and Commerce. In February, The National Space Council called on NASA to work with other federal agencies to create a national strategy for human spaceflight in LEO. 

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Jim Bridenstine Voices Concern Over Potential Cuts in NASA’s Fiscal 2020 Budget

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said potential cuts in the agency’s fiscal 2020 budget could have an impact on space exploration programs, SpaceNews reported Thursday. “If that materializes, no, we’re not going to have what we need to go to the moon,” he said Thursday at a National Space Council meeting of the users’ advisory group in Washington.

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Patrick Shanahan: ‘Space Force’ Needed to Ensure US Supremacy in Space

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the creation of a “space force” as the sixth service branch is “absolutely necessary” to ensure the country’s superiority in space, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “The U.S. military is the best in the world in space, but our adversaries have taken note and are actively developing and fielding capabilities to potentially deny our usage of space in crisis or war,” he said Tuesday during the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

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Mike Pence: ‘Space Force’ Aims to Address ‘Fragmented Responsibilities’ Over National Security Programs

Vice President Mike Pence has said the establishment of a “space force” as the sixth military branch seeks to address the “lack of centralized leadership and accountability” over programs that aim to promote national security in space. Pence said Tuesday at the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at the National Defense University that the council would vote on six recommendations for the proposed roadmap to form the new service, which he says would help sort out the "fragmented responsibilities" over national security space initiatives.

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