over the weekend announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will helm the National Space Council, just as her predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence, did before her.
“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,” the vice president tweeted following the announcement.
The council, which helps shape important national space policies and national security strategies related to space for the White House, was reestablished under the Trump administration by executive order in 2017 after it had gone dormant following the end of former President George H.W. Bush’s term in 1993.
A senior administration official said that Harris plans to put her own “personal stamp on the council,” which will include focusing on issues like climate change, STEM, diversity in the work force and “supporting sustainable development of commercial space activity.” She will also work to “achieve peaceful exploration with allies and partners,” as well enhance cyber security in space systems.