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Pence: Refocus NASA On Space Exploration


Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence stopped in Cocoa Monday outlining the campaign’s vision for space policy.

Speaking in front of a packed-crowd at the Space Coast Conference Center in Cocoa, Donald Trump running mate Mike Pence told the crowd he watched the 1969 moon-landing on television, envying the work done on Florida’s space coast.

Pence says under a Trump administration America would once again be on the forefront of space exploration.

“I’m especially excited by the fact that Donald Trump already announced that we’re going to re-launch the National Space Policy Council headed by the Vice President of the United States of America,” said Pence. The Space Policy Council would help refocus the US on space exploration.

Governor Pence touted the Trump campaign's investment into the private sector. To explore deep space, said Pence, the US needs to invest in the private space industry.

“We can be more efficient, we can be more effective, we can use space dollars wisely," said Pence. "We’re going to it. We’re going to make the investments. We’re going to create a brighter and boundless future for America and a growing economy on Florida’s Space Coast for generations.”

The Clinton campaign says it would continue the private partnerships with NASA.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."