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

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.

 “That’s why we assembled this Users’ Advisories Group in the National Space Council, which, I’m proud to say has brought together some of the brightest minds and biggest talents in the country to help accelerate innovation across the space enterprise,” he said.

 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.