Vice President Pence visits Ames Center

VP Pence heads to Ames to push for budget increase.

Jose Jefferies | Nov 12, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Ames Space Center to announce a partnership that will send astronauts back to the moon.

"Vice President Mike Pence, along with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, will visit NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley Thursday, Nov. 14, to discuss the role the center will play in the agency's plans to return astronauts to the Moon," the agency announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes on the heels of the White House pushing for additional funding for NASA to return astronauts to the moon.

"In May the White House requested an additional $1.6 billion in funding for NASA to achieve the goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024," SpaceNews reported. "That included $1 billion for lunar landers and $132 million for exploration technology, but a cut in Gateway funding of $321 million. Those changes increase the total exploration R&D request to more than $2.3 billion."

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