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Pence plans to attend launch of astronauts from Florida next week

Posted On: 20 May 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Pence plans to attend launch of astronauts from Florida next week

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a previous National Space Council meeting in August 2019. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Vice President Mike Pence plans to travel to the Kennedy Space Center on May 27 for the first launch of astronauts from a U.S. spaceport since 2011.
Officials at a meeting of the National Space Council Tuesday said Pence will attend the launch, and a Space Council spokesperson confirmed the plans. Details about Pence's visit have not been released.
Pence chaired the meeting at NASA Headquarters in Washington, with presentations by Cabinet members, military and intelligence officials, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who joined the council virtually from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken also spoke with Pence from Houston via video conference. The astronauts are scheduled to fly to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday aboard a NASA Gulfstream jet for the final week before launch.
Liftoff is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033...

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