Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Huntsville on Tuesday to chair the fifth meeting of the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is a member of the council, which was reconvened in 2017 soon after President Trump took office.

Pence will speak at noon. The meeting is not open to the public. However, NASA-TV will live-stream the meeting.

Pence will conclude his visit with a tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, according to a statement from his office.

The vice president will arrive on Air Force Two in Huntsville earlier Tuesday morning.

Others expected to speak during the day include:

  • Gen. Les Lyles, USAF (ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (ret.), former Shuttle commander
  • Dr. Sandy Magnus, former Shuttle astronaut
  • Dan Dumbacher, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Dr. Jack Burns, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Wanda Sigur, independent consultant

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Troy Turner is editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. He previously served as the news editor in New York for the nation's second largest newspaper company, and as the senior editor at several other news entities around the nation. He is an Auburn alum.

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