The White House has announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the National Space Council, a sign that the Biden administration plans to keep former President Donald Trump’s space program intact.
“The council’s basic objectives — national security, basic science, technological development, contributions to U.S. economic growth and the commercial sector — will all be maintained,” a senior administration official told a group of reporters on Saturday. “To that, I would just want to add that the vice president also intends to put her own personal stamp on the council.”
Harris’s position on the space council, which was revived in 2017 by the former president, will allow her to lead the country’s space policies and direct America’s activities in space.
The position will also allow Harris to pursue the “sustainable development of commercial space activity,” as well as explore the possibilities for using such technology to combat climate change, the official added.