KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Vice President Mike Pence addressed some KSC employees during a visit to Kennedy Space Center yesterday. Pence was joined by Senator Marco Rubio. On hand from NASA were KSC Director Bob Cabana, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Reid Wiseman and Pat Forrester.
Air Force Two touched down at the Shuttle Landing Facility, a site now leased by Space Florida. The Secret Service escorted Pence to the icon Vehicle Assembly Building, where the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft will be prepared. In Pence’s remarks, he said: “Let us do what our nation has always done since its very founding and beyond: We’ve pushed the boundaries on frontiers, not just of territory, but of knowledge. We’ve blazed new trails, and we’ve astonished the world as we’ve boldly grasped our future without fear, from this ‘Bridge to Space,’ our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”
After Pence’s remarks, he shook hands with employees and then was escorted to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building (O&C).
At the O&C, several pieces of space hardware were on display with signs saying “Critical Space ...