On Dec. 1, 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris convened the Biden-Harris Administration’s inaugural National Space Council meeting and laid out the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to ensure that space activities create opportunities that benefit the American people and the world.
VP Harris Leads National Space Council Meeting, Adds Department of Interior to Council
At the meeting, the Vice President announced the release of the United States Space Priorities Framework, which will guide the Council’s efforts to develop and implement national space policy and strategy going forward. The Council discussed promoting peaceful exploration of space and reducing the risk of miscalculation or conflict in space, addressing the climate crisis, and enhancing STEM education.
In conjunction with the meeting, President Joe Biden signed a new Executive Order that addresses the membership, duties, and responsibilities of the Council. The Order added five new members to the Council: the Secretaries of Education, Labor, Agriculture, and the Interior, as well as the National Climate Advisor.
These new members demonstrate the Administration’s emphasis on ensuring the benefits of American space activities are applied broadly throughout society and employed to solve the toughest challenges, including addressing the climate crisis and building a vibrant workforce for the future.