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Trump to participate in launch of US Space Command Thursday

This handout photo released by NASA shows The Soyuz MS-13 rocket launch with Expedition 60 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, flight engineer Drew Morgan of NASA, and flight engineer Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AFP photo)

US President Donald Trump will participate Thursday in the establishment of the US Space Command, according to his press schedule.

Vice President Pence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford announced last week that the command would be launched Thursday.

The Space Command will be responsible for planning and carrying out space operations. It will have 87 units at its launch with abilities including missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support, Dunford said.

General John Raymond was confirmed as the commander of Space Command by the Senate in June.

The Space Command is viewed as a step toward the Space Force military branch, which would need congressional approval.

(Source: The Hill)

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