WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRDO) -- Following Vice President Kamala Harris's appointment as the Chair of the National Space Council, several Colorado Lawmakers are inviting her to come and see the state's space industry first hand.
The invitation was sent Wednesday by Senators Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, and a bipartisan majority of the Colorado Congressional Delegation, including Representatives Doug Lamborn and Joe Neguse.
In the letter, lawmakers point out Colorado's extensive involvement in space exploration and research, the U.S. Air Force Academy's top undergraduate aerospace engineering program, how the University of Colorado Boulder receives more NASA funding than any other public university, and the Colorado School of Mines' multi-disciplinary graduate program focused on space resources.
Additionally, the invitation explains how Colorado has the largest space economy per capita in the US. The letter references successful institutions like the National Space Defense Center and Buckley Space Force Base.
Lawmakers also reaffirm how Colorado should be Space Command's permanent home.
The invitation ends by saying, "We look forward to working together on these and other priorities in your capacity as Chair of the National Space Council and invite you to visit Colorado to see how our state leads the country in space security, innovation, and education."
Read the full letter here.