Vice President Pence looks to NASA’s future as he honors Apollo 11 crew

Vice President Mike Pence honored the men who first landed on the moon on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on Saturday — and he praised those who plan to follow in their steps, saying “the next man and first woman on the moon in the next five years will be American astronauts.”

Pence didn’t reveal many new details about the Artemis program to return to the moon by 2024 at the Kennedy Space Center event, other than disclosing the Lockheed Martin-built Orion capsule that will fly on NASA’s first unpiloted test flight, called Artemis 1, is ready to complete preparations for flight. The vehicle is scheduled to perform the test next year as one of the precursors to the moon landing, a mission estimated to cost a total of $20-30 billion. Read more here.