VP Mike Pence coming to Huntsville for Space Council meeting


Vice President Mike Pence is heading to the Rocket City next week.

On Tuesday, Pence will chair the fifth meeting of the National Space Council at Huntsville’s city’s Space and Rocket Center.

According to a spokesperson for the National Space Council, the meeting will focus on President Donald Trump‘s plan to send Americans back to the moon and then to Mars.

Pence tweeted up his upcoming trip on Wednesday.

“America is leading once again in space. On 3/26, the National Space Council will meet at @RocketCenterUSA to discuss the future of human space exploration. We’ll return Americans to moon, put astronauts on Mars, & carry America’s commitment to freedom into this new frontier,” Pence tweeted.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, March 26 in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration’s Saturn V Hall at 12 p.m.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city is proud to host the meeting.

“Huntsville is proud to host the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the perfect backdrop for a meeting of this caliber,” said Battle. “It’s fitting this instrumental group of space policy leaders and influencers will be in the Rocket City at the same time as the U.S. Army’s AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition. Both groups work to ensure America’s leadership in defense and space exploration, and both groups always have a home in Huntsville, Alabama.”  

Space Council members include: The Secretary of State; The Secretary of Defense; The Secretary of Commerce; The Secretary of Transportation; The Secretary of Homeland Security; The Director of National Intelligence; The Director of the Office of Management and Budget; The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The members or a designee will attend the meeting.