WASHINGTON — Declaring "the force is with us," President Reagan today named a national commission to develop civilian space goals and reiterated his defense of his "Star Wars" military space shield to help "mankind ease away from the nuclear parapet."
Reagan, appearing at the National Space Club, announced the makeup of a 14-member National Commission on Space that includes outgoing U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.
He said the panel will "look beyond short-term steps to develop long-term goals for our national civilian space enterprise" and "devise an aggressive civilian space agenda to carry America into the 21st Century."
Reagan named as chairman Thomas Paine, the former National Aeronautics and Space Administration director. Laurel Wilkening, the vice provost of the University of Arizona, was designated vice chairman.