Vice President Mike Pence is confirmed to speak at The Washington Post on October 23 as part of a “Transformers: Space” event. Pence, who serves as chairman of the National Space Council, will talk one-on-one with National Political Reporter Robert Costa about the Trump administration’s plan to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. military and other important space policy matters.

The event will also feature NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and current and former astronauts who will examine the future of human spaceflight, the new “space race” and discuss the launch of the first flights from American soil since the space shuttle retired in 2011.

Additional speakers include:

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Member, Planetary Science Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

Ellen Stofan, Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Chris Ferguson, Director, Starliner Crew and Mission Systems, Boeing

Victor Glover, NASA Astronaut

Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut, Retired

Nicole Stott, NASA Astronaut, Retired

Sandra Magnus, Principal, AstroPlanetview, LLC; NASA Astronaut, Retired

Heidi Hammel, Executive Vice President, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

The program is produced in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).

This event is open to press and will be streamed on The Post’s site at Media who wish to cover must RSVP.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Doors open at 8:00 AM)

The Washington Post Live Center

1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20071

Transformers: Space is produced with support from The University of Virginia.