Pence Seeks International Cooperation for Deep Space Exploration Missions

Pence Seeks International Cooperation for Deep Space Exploration Missions

Since the launch of the Apollo missions, the United States has always looked to dominate space. America's feud with Russia started from the time of the cold war, and its impact could be seen reflected in the space industry as well. The race to stay ahead fueled multiple missions between the U.S. and Russia. American dominance in the field was evident until the decommissioning of the Space Shuttle in 2011

Fremont, CA: Since taking office, Donald Trump and his administration have put a lot of effort to speed up the Artemis missions and relaunch man to the moon. The ideology is shared in principal by many as they feel the urge to re-establish American dominance in the space industry. Since the launch of the Apollo missions, the United States has always looked to dominate space. America's feud with Russia started from the time of the cold war, and its impact could be seen in the space industry as well. The race to stay ahead fueled multiple missions between the U.S. and Russia. American dominance in the field was evident until the decommissioning of the Space Shuttle in 2011.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged nations in the space race to cooperate with the United States in its deep-space missions. Speaking at the inauguration of the 70th International Aeronautical Congress, Pence reiterated Trump's theme of renewed American dominance in space. “Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, America is leading in space once again. He believes as I do, that it's America's destiny to be the leader amongst nations in our adventure into the great unknown. The United States of America will always be willing to work closely with like-minded freedom-loving nations as we lead mankind into the final frontier,” Pence said.

The NASA led Artemis program has seen cooperation from several nations like Australia and Canada, while the Japanese government recently announced its intentions to work along with the U.S. government on the lunar gateway and lunar landing missions. “As more nations gain the ability to explore space and develop places beyond Earth’s atmosphere, we must also ensure that we carry into space our shared commitment to freedom, the rule of law and private property," Pence said. “We will use all legal and diplomatic means to create a stable and orderly space environment that drives opportunity, creates prosperity, and ensures our security on Earth.”

The United States Vice President's comments received a lukewarm reception from a diverse international crowd that found the speech American centric. Few guests even walked out at the very beginning of the event, as a sign of protest against Pence's views on social issues. Pence also congratulated the crew of the Apollo 11 as they received International Astronautical Federation's World Space award on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the mission. 

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