First woman to land on moon will be American: Vice President Mike Pence

Vastavam web: The United States is planning another space mission to the moon, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday asserting that the first woman to land on Earth’s natural satellite will be an American.

“At President (Donald) Trump’s direction, the United States will return to the moon within the next five years, and the first woman and the next man on the moon will be Americans,” Pence said, in his address to the Satellite 2019 Conference here.

The Trump administration is incredibly proud that before the year ends, we will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil into the vast expanse of space, he said.

To fully unlock the mysteries of space, President Donald Trump recognises the US has to look beyond the halls of the government, beyond NASA, for input and guidance.

More than 15,000 scientists and industry representatives from 105 countries, including India, are attending the four-day mega event beginning May 6 in Washington DC.

It is touted to be the largest commercial satellite industry event. It has featured headline keynote appearances from Amazon and Blue Origin founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, One Web founder Greg Wyler, among many other.

Noting that other nations are joining the space race, Pence said while their capabilities increase, the truth of the matter is that there’s no guarantee nations around the world share same values, ideals, or the US commitment to freedom and the rule of law and peace.

“The truth is, nations from Russia and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind, and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground,” Pence said.

“Recently, we’ve even seen nations working on bringing new weapons of war into space itself. From anti-satellite weapons and airborne lasers, to highly threatening, on-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles, our competitors and our adversaries have been aggressively developing and deploying technologies that put our technology and put our prosperity and our security at risk,” said the vice president.