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Making the Trump-Pence Space Challenge a Reality

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

By Newt Gingrich (Original source News Week)

“On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced what may prove to be the boldest space challenge since President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that America would go to the Moon.

In implementing President Donald Trump’s historic vision for America to go beyond the Moon and Mars, Vice President Pence sent a clear message that Americans were returning to the Moon by 2024 — and we are going there to stay.

The boldness of the Trump-Pence plan can be seen in the fact that this new target is four years sooner than NASA’s most recent estimate. It was a strong response against NASA’s long history of budget overruns and project delays. Vice President Pence made it clear that “what we need now is urgency,” and that the competition for American leadership in space is “not just competition against our adversaries; we’re also racing against our worst enemy: complacency.”’

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