NASA has officially named Sen. Bill Nelson as the space agency's 14th administrator last April 29, which revamps the focus of the National Space Council with its head being Vice President Kamala Harris. Sen. Nelson thinks the Vice President is the perfect fit for the role, something that Harris was excited about, as she steps up as its new leader.
The National Space Council was disbanded last 1993, only to be reestablished last 2017 during former President Donald Trump's leadership that aims to improve the country's space missions and explorations. While NASA has been into developing its space program for a long time now, the reestablishment of this council has significantly helped in furthering it.
NASA's Commercial Crew Program was established in 2011, and with the help of the different agencies and councils behind it, it grew to a massive venture that has now employed ULA and SpaceX for furthering its development. The National Space Council also plans on furthering this, and it would happen as soon as possible for the growth of US space exploration.
VP Kamala Harris Leads National Space Council, Steps Up
The National Space Council is a different division from NASA, as this is an executive body under the President of the United States, which would focus more on space exploration and developing its research. NASA would work alongside the National Space Council and its new leader, Vice President Kamala Harris for this new era.
The confirmation of the vice president's involvement was through her tweets, which she enthusiastically shared among her constituents, saying that she aims to "plant our flag" on the lunar surface. This highly suggests that the National Space Council would have a massive role in the upcoming Artemis Moon Mission by NASA in 2024.
As I've said before: In America, when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 1, 2021
The appointment of VP Harris has a massive impact on the future of space exploration and travel, particularly because it is a direct connection to the current leadership and administration of the country. The statement of VP Harris also suggests that America would have a more active role in its stakes in space, compared to the previous years of laying low.
NASA Artemis Moon Mission: First Joint Mission?
While the National Space Council has not yet released any information regarding the ventures or proposed missions under its new reign with the Vice President, the tweet suggested its involvement for Artemis. Before the Biden-Harris administration, NASA Artemis was already in the works, and it marks #LaunchAmerica to return to the lunar surface since Apollo.
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Written by Isaiah Richard