Last Minute Pre-Holiday National Space Council Thing Today (Update)

Keith's note: The only person from NASA present at this event is an astronaut (Alvin Drew). No NASA Administrator. No Newt Gingrich or Bob Walker. And no Rep. Jim Bridenstine ...

Text of Executive Order Re-Establishing The National Space Council

"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and in order to provide a coordinated process for developing a national space policy and strategy and for monitoring its implementation, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to re-establish the National Space Council ("the Council") as an independent entity tasked with advising and assisting the President with national space policy and strategy. Executive Order 12675 of April 20, 1989 (Establishing the National Space Council) created the Council, and the Council effectively ceased operation in 1993. This order re-establishes the Council and provides additional details regarding the Council's duties and responsibilities."

Remarks by the President Signing an Executive Order on the National Space Council

"Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology, and providing the space security we need to protect the American people. And security is going to be a very big factor with respect to space and space exploration. At some point in the future, we're going to look back and say how did we do it without space?"

White House to formally announce a space council led by Mike Pence, Ars Technica

"Later today, the White House is expected to announce that President Trump has signed an executive order to reinstate the National Space Council. This should finally kick off the much-anticipated formulation of a space policy from the Trump administration, which will encompass military, civil, and commercial interests. The new council, led by Vice President Mike Pence, has the potential to do a great deal of good--or it could further muddy the waters of what already is kind of a mess."

Keith's note: There is an event of sorts at 3:00 pm EDT today wherein the Executive Order (which has been in existence for months) will be signed. VP Pence will be leading the NSC. But it is not expected that an executive director for the NSC will be named today although Scott Pace is widely expected to be chosen at some point. Today's event (very last minute BTW) is being orchestrated by the Alabama mafia. You can expect to see Mary Lynne Dittmar and the SLS-hugging Coalition For Deep Space Exploration in attendance. It seems that commercial space folks are being kept at arm's length for this little party. But there may be one or two commercial superstars who might parachute in at the last minute. Oh yes there will an astronaut or two there as well. Stay tuned.

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