Wed, Oct 12, 2011
Says Florida Has A 'Critical Role' To Play In Future Space
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with Space Coast community
leaders, Kennedy Space Center employees and news media
representatives during a Tuesday visit to Florida. He outlined
recent steps the agency has taken toward missions to deep space and
Florida's critical role in future exploration. "As our nation looks
for ways to compete and win in the 21st century, NASA continues to
be an engine of job growth and economic opportunity," Bolden said.
"From California to Florida, the space industry is strong and
growing. The next generation of explorers will not fly a space
shuttle, but they may be able to walk on Mars. And those journeys
are starting at the Kennedy Space Center today."
Bolden met with several hundred Space Coast community leaders,
business executives, educators, community organizers, and state and
local government representatives to discuss their partnership with
NASA to keep America the world leader in space exploration. He
discussed jobs related to the agency's new Orion multipurpose crew
vehicle and other activities the agency is pursuing to develop new
capabilities, including the placement of the Commercial Crew
program office at Kennedy.
The administrator also talked with reporters while touring the
agency's new mobile launcher for the Space Launch System (SLS), the
heavy-lift rocket that will propel astronauts into deep space. He
outlined NASA's plans to use the launcher from Kennedy's Launch
Complex 39 to send astronauts in the Orion spacecraft to asteroids,
the moon and other destinations in the solar system. The new 6.75
million-ton mobile launcher is a tangible step on the agency's path
forward to launching deep space missions.
Bolden met with Kennedy's work force and thanked them for their
commitment to the American space program. He answered questions
from workers about NASA's future and Kennedy's important role in
implementing the bi-partisan vision for exploration agreed to by
President Obama and Congress one year ago.
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