The Biden administration will keep the National Space Council — reestablished initially by the Trump administration — and Vice President Kamala Harris plans to chair it.

Why it matters:Many see the National Space Council as integral to policy development and inter-agency collaboration as the nation increasingly relies on space for national security and other uses.

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Details: The council is designed to bring NASA and a variety of other government agencies together to help establish policies related to civil, commercial and military space.

The big picture: The Biden administration has largely kept Trump-era space policies intact so far, supporting the Space Force and NASA’s Artemis mission to send people back to the Moon as a proving ground for Mars.

What’s next: It’s unclear when the first meeting of the council will be convened, but senior administration officials said that a top priority now is finding an executive secretary to help run the council day to day.

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