Press Release

Fifth Meeting of the National Space Council March 26 in Huntsville

By SpaceRef Editor
March 20, 2019
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On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. CDT, Vice President Mike Pence will chair the fifth meeting of the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This meeting will focus on President Trump’s plan to restore American leadership in space and the next steps in implementing his vision to send Americans to the moon, Mars, and beyond. As chairman of the Council, Vice President Pence will convene the meeting, receive reports from Council members, hear from two expert panels on human space exploration, lead a Council discussion, and present policy recommendations for the President.


WHAT: Fifth Meeting of the National Space Council

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Saturn V Hall, Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.


Panel 1: “Ready to Fly”

·       Gen. Les Lyles, USAF (ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force

·       Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (ret.), former Shuttle commander

·       Dr. Sandy Magnus, former Shuttle astronaut


Panel 2: “Ready to Explore”

·       Dan Dumbacher, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

·       Dr. Jack Burns, University of Colorado at Boulder

·       Wanda Sigur, independent consultant


Additional details about the meeting are forthcoming.





Moon, Mars and Beyond


The National Space Council has taken decisive action in implementing President Trump’s plan to send Americans to the moon, Mars, and beyond:

·       Dec. 11, 2017 | Remarks By President Trump and Vice President Pence at Signing Ceremony for Space Policy Directive – 1

·       Dec. 11, 2017 | Presidential Memorandum on Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program

·       Oct. 5, 2017 | Vice President Pence Hosts the First Meeting of the National Space Council (Video)

·       Oct. 5, 2017 | Remarks by the Vice President at a Meeting of the National Space Council


About U.S. Space & Rocket Center


The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics, Aviation Challenge® and U.S. Cyber Camp as well as the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.


To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to               

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