Vice President Mike Pence told an appreciative crowd at the National Space Council’s fifth meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, that it is now official government policy to return American astronauts to the Moon by 2024.

For the past year, the news has been full of the unveiling of new weapon systems by China and Russia. On Thursday, President Trump announced America's answer to those new systems.

Set to be in service by 2030, the Long March 9 is larger than any other rocket in use today. And peaceful space exploration is probably not the only thing on China's mind.

The company Made in Space's "Archinaut" orbital factory aims to construct full satellites and spaceships in space.

It is not clear, with their opposition to Trump's NASA nominee, Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), if the Democrats intend to oppose every Trump appointment.

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