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Vice President Pence Visiting Space Coast Wednesday

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks before an audience of NASA leaders, U.S. and Florida government officials, and employees inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Pence thanked employees for advancing American leadership in space. Behind the podium is the Orion spacecraft flown on Exploration Flight test-1 in 2014.

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Florida’s Space Coast Wednesday to host a National Space Council Meeting at Kennedy Space Center.

It’s the eighth and likely final meeting of the Trump administration’s National Space Council — a group of political appointees which steer the nation’s space policy. The National Space Council meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and will air on NASA TV.

The Vice President is expected to deliver remarks on NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s new effort to return humans to the moon. The Trump administration charged the agency with landing astronauts by 2024, but the program has faced delays.

Before the meeting, Pence is expected to meet with personnel at the 45th Space Wing.

NASA administrator Jim Bridentstine, who was selected by President Trump, said he will step down at the end of this administration. President-elect Joe Biden has not yet named a successor.

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