The first woman and next man on the moon will be American Astronauts, launched on American rockets from American soil, within the next five years, Vice President Mike Pence announced March 26, 2019.
NASA had been targeting a 2028 lunar touchdown, but “that’s just not good enough,” Pence said during the fifth meeting of the National Space Council (NSC), which he chairs. “We’re better than that, “ he emphasizes. (Listen to the tenor of his voice. Listen to how its directed).
So, it is now the official policy of the United States to return astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, the vice president stressed, invoking a 21st-century space race with Russia.
“Urgency must be our watchword,” Pence said at the NSC meeting, which was held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
“The United States must remain first in space in this century as in the last, not just to propel our economy and secure our nation but, above all, because the rules and values of space, like every great frontier, will be written by those who have the courage to get there first and the commitment to stay.”
And the United States is indeed committed to stay, Pence added. The nation’s next giant leap in space, he said, involves establishing a permanent base on the lunar surface “and developing the technologies to take American astronauts to Mars and beyond.”
That base will likely be built near the moon’s south pole, which harbors abundant water ice on the floors of permanently shadowed craters. The NSC, which helps steer and streamline the nation’s space policy, will recommend today that NASA’s next crewed surface mission target that region, Pence said.
WAKE-UP CALL TO NASA
The vice president acknowledged the aggressiveness of the 2024 timeline but stressed that it is achievable, citing the successful Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, just 12 years after the dawn of the space age.
The NASA Administrator seems to be forgetting who the boss is, (i.e., The American People and their VP) and what his mandate should be, switching up wording at random, “We will try our best, Mr. Vice President.” he almost implores. Let the Vice President speak!
I do not believe whining or failing to be your best you are optional.