The White House announced Saturday that Vice President Harris will chair the National Space Council (NSC), a space policy group that was revived by the Trump administration.
Harris as the group’s leader will focus on a slate of policies, including sustainable space travel and peaceful relations between countries in space.
“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,” Harris tweeted of her appointment.
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 HarrisKamala HarrisMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster Watch: Lawmakers, activists, family members call for voting rights legislation on MLK day MORE (@VP) May 1, 2021
The NSC was created in 1989 under former President George H.W. Bush to oversee space policy. It was disbanded in 1993 before former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE resurrected it in 2017 under the leadership of former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies Pence says both Capitol riot and nixing filibuster are a 'power grab' McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe MORE, who called on U.S. astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.
The NSC will help bring NASA and other government agencies to form policies for the federal government over the civil, commercial and military presences in space.
It’s unclear what specific policies the NSC will pursue under Harris, but the administration has thus far supported Trump-era policies, including backing the Space Force and NASA's Artemis mission to send people to the moon as it lays plans for manned trips to Mars.