WASHINGTON — The White House has added the Secretary of Energy and two other officials to the roster of members of the National Space Council.
In a statement issued late Feb. 13, the White House announced that the Secretary of Energy, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy had been added to the membership of the council. President Trump signed an executive order amending the 2017 order that formally reestablished the council to add them as official members.
“The Department of Energy’s research and capabilities have long contributed to American space exploration priorities,” Scott Pace, executive secretary of the council, said in the statement. “DOE National Laboratories conduct critical research to develop technologies necessary for powering human spaceflight, lunar surface operations and future missions to Mars.”
The department has, in recent months, worked to emphasize the roles it can play in space. While best known for its work in nuclear power, such as producing the plutonium used for radioisotope power systems that power deep-space missions, it has played up the much wider range of research it supports that could have space applications.
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