Vice President Gets Inside Look at Kennedy Space Center

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -
Vice President, Kennedy Space Center
Vice President Mike Pence, center, is flanked by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, left, and Patrick Forrester, NASA Chief astronaut as they walk out of crew headquarters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Thursday. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Vice President Mike Pence received an insider’s look at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Pence addressed employees Thursday at the Vehicle Assembly Building, once used to stack moon rockets and space shuttles. His tour also included a look at the future, with NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, and Boeing and SpaceX’s commercial crew effort.

Pence is leading a revived National Space Council. President Donald Trump re-established the advisory group on Friday.

Last month, Pence visited Johnson Space Center in Houston to help introduce America’s newest astronauts. Florida’s Kennedy is the second stop on his NASA tour. It is NASA’s launch hub, but hasn’t seen any astronaut takeoffs since the shuttles retired in 2011. Boeing and SpaceX are working to change that with their own capsules.