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Vice President Brings Advisory Group to Kennedy Space Center

FILE - Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., Oct. 5, 2017. The groups met for the second time Wednesday, at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Vice President Mike Pence has brought a newly revived advisory group to Florida's Kennedy Space Center for a rundown on how best to get Americans back to the moon, a half-century after NASA's Apollo heydays.

Pence convened the meeting Wednesday morning inside the building where NASA once prepped pieces of the International Space Station.

This is the second meeting of the National Space Council. Pence, its chairman, named a group of candidates to advise the council that includes Buzz Aldrin and other former astronauts and aerospace industry leaders.

Wednesday's meeting focuses on the Trump administration's plan to return astronauts to the moon and get them to Mars and "worlds beyond."

Pence toured Kennedy last summer just as the space council was being re-established after two decades.