GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Last February, Governor Polis wrote a letter urging US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, to pause the US Space Command’s move from Colorado Springs, to Huntsville Alabama.

While the future of the location is unknown, Governor Polis continues to advocate for Colorado, as the only home for US Space Command.

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The space symposium is not just a way to showcase the newest and latest in space technology, but also a way to highlight the Colorado community and the companies founded right here in Colorado.

From space pods to satellites up above, rover testing and space shuttles a lot of technology and even missions are made in our very own backyard.

Colorado-based Lockheed Martin, is currently working on the Artemis project, NASA’s mission to the moon, but being a mile closer to space isn’t the only reason lawmakers are fighting to keep the space command here, “We do have the largest aerospace industry on both the military and commercial side per capita than of any place in the country and one of the top in absolute terms and I think we will be the leader in absolute terms over the next few years,” Gov. Polis says.

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In the past five years, Colorado’s aerospace economy has grown more than 30% statewide, which is 12% above the national average.