by Jeff Foust—
WASHINGTON– Vice President Mike Pence told a worldwide audience that the United States means to lead in space but looks for cooperation in area exploration with “freedom-loving” countries.
Pence, speaking at the opening event of the 70 th International Astronautical Congress here Oct. 21, made no new statements about nationwide area policy or worldwide cooperation in his remarks, instead reiterating the Trump administration’s style of renewed American leadership in space.
” Under President Donald Trump’s management, America is leading in space once again,” Pence stated, a style he went back to numerous times in a speech that lasted under 20 minutes. “He thinks, as I do, that’s it’s America’s destiny to be the leader among nations in our experience into the excellent unidentified.”
Pence, though, stated that the United States was ready to work together with other countries in space expedition. “The United States of America will always want to work carefully with similar freedom-loving countries as we lead humanity into the last frontier,” he said.
He mentioned as examples of that interest by several countries in cooperation on the NASA-led Artemis program, consisting of Australia and Canada. Last week, the Japanese federal government announced its intent to work with the U.S. on both the lunar Entrance and lunar landing missions.
Pence repeated the style of working with “freedom-loving” nations and a beneficial regulatory environment. “As more countries acquire the ability to check out space and develop locations beyond Earth’s atmosphere, we much likewise make sure that we bring into area our shared commitment to liberty, guideline of law and personal property,” he stated. “We will use all legal and diplomatic methods to develop a steady and orderly area environment that drives opportunity, develops prosperity and ensures our security in the world.”
Pence’s American-centric remarks got a lukewarm response at times from a diverse global audience. A handful of individuals also left at the start of his speech, objecting his views on social concerns.
Pence, though, got a much more powerful reaction when he congratulated the team of Apollo 11, who got the International Astronautical Federation’s World Area Award on the 50 th anniversary of this historical mission. Buzz Aldrin participated in the ceremony, together with relative representing Mike Collins and the late Neil Armstrong. “It’s an honor to be with all of you, and to bear in mind the extraordinary contributions that you, Buzz, and your household members made to humanity 50 years back,” Pence said.