Shortly after the Falcon Heavy lifted off on Feb. 6, sending SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into the great beyond, President Donald Trump tweeted a hearty congratulations. And Wednesday (Feb. 21), during the second-ever meeting of the newly reconstituted National Space Council (NSC), Vice President Mike Pence gave the company a shout-out as well.
"And, of course, just a couple of weeks ago, the world watched with wonder as the Falcon Heavy blasted off from this very shoreline, and then moments later sent two of its boosters sailing back down to Earth, where they landed side by side, intact, less than a mile from where they'd lifted off," Pence said at the meeting, which was held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (The Heavy launched from KSC's historic Pad 39A, which once hosted space shuttle and Apollo moon mission liftoffs.) [In Photos: SpaceX's 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Launch Success!]
"Very impressive indeed," added Pence, who chairs the NSC.