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VP Kamala Harris Named Head of National Space Council

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Vice President Kamala Harris has been appointed to lead the National Space Council (NSC) responsible for crafting space-related national security strategies and space policies for the White House, CBS News reported Sunday.

A senior administration official said Harris plans to focus on “supporting sustainable development of commercial space activity,” address issues related to workforce diversity, STEM and climate change, and advance cybersecurity in space platforms and “peaceful” space exploration with partners and allies.

"As I've said before: In America when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council," Harris said in a tweet.

The previous administration reestablished the council through an executive order in 2017. Former Vice President Mike Pence led the council.