Vice President Pence says “But now's come the time for us to make the next giant leap and return Ame
Vice President Pence says “But now's come the time for us to make the next giant leap and return American astronauts to the moon.”
Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years, an accelerated pace that would aim to put Americans on the lunar south pole, Pence said NASA needs to achieve that goal "by any means necessary."
Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, he said NASA rockets and lunar landers will be replaced by private craft if required.
Pence warned that if NASA can't put astronauts on the moon by 2024, "we need to change the organization, not the mission." The space agency must transform into a leaner, more accountable and more agile organization, and must adopt an "all-hands-on-deck approach," he said.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine assured Pence that NASA will do everything possible to meet the deadline.