Meeting held for Nation’s Space Priorities
The National Space Council (NSC) will convene for the first time under Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday (Dec. 1), and you can watch it live.
The event begins at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT) on Wednesday at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
During a speech at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Harris revealed the Dec. 1 deadline.
In that Nov. 5 speech, Harris said, “Really looking forward to that.” “And at that conference, we’ll lay out a comprehensive framework for our country’s space priorities, encompassing everything from civilian endeavors to military and national security efforts to STEM initiatives. This will be for educational purposes as well as the burgeoning space economy.”
On Wednesday morning, the White House unveiled the framework, which will serve as a guiding text for the NSC.
“The burgeoning space activities of the United States are a source of American strength both at home and abroad since they provide substantial economic and societal benefits to Americans. They want to increase our alliances and collaborations network “According to the seven-page paper, which can be found here,
“For the benefit of the American people and leverage, the US will improve the health and vibrancy of our civic, commercial, and national security space sectors. This will provide him the ability to lead the world community in protecting space’s benefits for future generations.”
The Vice President chairs the NSC, which helps guide US space policy. President George H.W. Bush formed it in 1989, disbanded it four years later, and President Donald Trump resurrected it in 2017.
Aim of Artemis program
Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president, presided over eight NSC sessions, the most recent of which was held in December 2020. Pence introduced the first 18 astronauts in NASA’s Artemis mission, which seeks to build a long-term, sustainable presence on and around the moon by the 2020s.
This version of the NSC will almost certainly take a different path than the Pence-led version. Climate change, for example, is likely to become a larger issue in the future.
During her Goddard address on Nov. 5, Harris called climate change an “existential menace” and said the US must move quickly to prevent it.
“As our country aims to achieve its climate goals, we identify that we cannot restrict our actions to what we can complete on Earth,” Harris said. “We are monitoring emissions and evaluating the impact of climate change from space right now. We have a network of satellites and sensors that provide residents and scientists with the data they need to minimize and adapt to the effects of climate change.”