VP Kamala Harris lead National Space Council meeting today (Dec. 20) (Image Credit: Space.com)
Vice President Kamala Harris will preside over her third National Space Council (NSC) meeting today (Dec. 20), and you may be able to watch it live.
The meeting, held in Washington, D.C., will focus on international partnerships, according to a media advisory the White House issued earlier this month.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) and you’ll be able to watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of the White House, if a webcast is available.
The NSC helps steer and shape American space policy. It’s made up of several dozen high-ranking government officials, including the secretary of defense, the NASA administrator, and the vice president, who serves as chair.
The first NSC meeting under Harris was held at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1, 2021. During that conclave, she highlighted some of the major space priorities of the Biden administration, which include using space assets to study and help mitigate climate change and getting a handle on space junk, which is a growing problem in Earth orbit.
Harris’ second NSC meeting took place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Sept. 9, 2022.
During that meeting, she “announced commitments from the U.S. government, private sector companies, education and training providers, and philanthropic organizations to support space-related STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] initiatives to inspire, prepare, and employ the next generation of the space workforce,” White House officials wrote in the media advisory. “She also highlighted the importance of commercial and international partnerships for space exploration.”