VP Pence: SpaceX Crew-1 launch proves NASA is back, President Trump has secured America's leadership in space

With last Sunday night’s launch of the Resilience and her courageous crew, NASA is back.

America celebrated another historic milestone at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday with the successful launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1: the first operational mission of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to the International Space Station and only the second time in nearly ten years that American astronauts launched into space from American soil.

The launch of the Resilience spacecraft is the culmination of four years of renewed leadership in space. It’s a tribute to the courage of our astronauts, the ingenuity of the men and women of NASA and SpaceX, and the unrelenting vision of President Donald Trump.

After nearly ten years of neglect that saw NASA rely on other nations to send our astronauts into space, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 launch continues a new era of American astronauts returning to space on American rockets.

The four-person crew of the Crew-1 mission includes three American astronauts: Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, as well as a Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, representing a strategic ally of the U.S. space program. These courageous astronauts took flight with the hopes and prayers of the people of two great nations.

As President Trump said in his inaugural address, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space.” And that’s exactly what we’ve done. [ … ]

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