- October 6, 2021
National Space Council Superspreader Series Finale (Update)
Vice President Mike Pence to Convene Eighth Meeting of the National Space Council
“The Eighth Meeting of the National Space Council will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on December 9th, 2020 at 12:30 PM EST. The meeting will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The meeting will be livestreamed here on NASA TV, and additional details will be forthcoming. Following NASA’s COVID-19 response protocols, the use of face coverings will be required for invited guests, and hand sanitizer stations will be available. Attendance will be limited to promote social distancing, and temperature screenings will be required prior to entry.”
Keith’s note: The event starts at 12:30 pm ET. According to the draft agenda there are 120 minutes of events to be discussed – 2 hours. That’s it – all the security and physical arrangements and the whole Air Force Two thing – for a 2 hour meeting that could be done on Zoom. Gee, they could have just used a green screen on Zoom and inserted some shots of pretty rocket ships at KSC and it would look like they were actually there.
Right now the main topic of speculation is whether this event in Florida is just a victory lap for Mike Pence – or if the new National Space Policy that is finished and in the can will be announced. A “new National Space Policy” is listed as an agenda item (see below). But it only gets 10 minutes. Really? An entire, brand new national space policy only gets 10 minutes? Wow. What a rollout. Why bother. But this is all sort of pointless since any policy that is announced will be dead on arrival at the Biden Administration’s doorstep.
Either way, staff involved in this physical event are not especially pleased to be called in to work a physical event during a worsening pandemic when a virtual event would suffice. And you can bet that most of the members are going to Zoom in anyway.
DRAFT Agenda: Meeting of the National Space Council Wednesday, December 09, 2020
“III. National Space Policy Update (10 minutes)
a. Dr. Scott Pace, Executive Secretary, National Space Council, provides summary of the new National Space Policy (public discussion on previously approved policy)”
Loos like @VP @Mike_Pence is going to have one last National Space Council meeting on 8 Dec in Florida. Sort of a series finale. No one really wants it to happen given its #SuperSpreader potential. Invitations are going out this week. Let's #MakeSpaceGreatAgain one last time! pic.twitter.com/UWm0MHCvEn
— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) November 24, 2020