Vice President Kamala Harris to Chair National Space Council

Left: File photo by Elijah Nouvelage/REUTERS

Vice President Kamala Harris is adding another priority to her portfolio: The National Space Council.

Senior White House officials confirmed Saturday the Biden administration would maintain the National Space Council that was revived under the Trump administration — and that Harris would serve as chair.

Harris is planning a particular focus on several areas, including sustainable development of commercial space activity, peaceful borders and responsible behaviors in space, as well as climate change and enhancing cybersecurity in space systems, the officials said. She will also focus on STEM education and diversity in the workforce.

The vice president will work with a civilian executive secretary of the National Space Council appointed by Biden — a position the administration is currently working to fill, according to officials.

“I think her approach to this is just going to be to get the job done, and use this to lead our space policy, and not really focus, perhaps as much on big displays,” one official said when asked how Harris’ approach would differ from that of her predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Molly Nagle