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VP Mike Pence starts 2-day visit to Kennedy Space Center

February 21, 2018 3:11 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Vice President Mike Pence is on the Space Coast.             


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He plans to lead a meeting of the National Space Council on Wednesday.


Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence got an up close and personal look at some of the private space flight companies, including the Blue Origin facility, which, along with SpaceX, is one of the biggest private space flight companies.


But their first stop was at the United Launch Alliance facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where the vice president saw the rockets being processed for the next scheduled Delta IV Heavy launch, which will carry a solar probe into space.


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From there, the vice president took a trip just outside the Kennedy Space Center and walked through the cavernous Blue Origin facility.


He got an up-close look at the New Shepard capsule and booster.


It was the first launch vehicle to demonstrate reusability with a vertical takeoff and landing in 2015.


Pence chairs the National Space Council, which is meeting Wednesday morning at the space station processing facility at the Kennedy Space Center.


Read: Pence speaks on future of spaceflight at KSC


He named more than two dozen people, including  former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, to the Space Council Users Advisory Group.  


The vice president’s visit to Kennedy Space Center comes a week after President Donald Trump’s administration came out with its nearly $20 billion budget proposal for NASA, which focuses on near-term exploration of the moon.


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