- Status Report
- August 12, 2022
Biden Calls JPL But We Can't Listen In (Update)
Keith’s note: More than 6,000 people were invited to listen to the President’s remarks. NASA TV was not allowed to broadcast it live to the rest of the nation. But some media outlets were allowed to record it for their exclusive use. The success of Mars Perseverance is for all Americans to share – not just a chosen few. I thought that this team got that. Guess not. The first part of this video has no audio for some reason.
‘Remarks by President Biden in a Call to Congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance Team on the Successful Mars Landing
“DR. MOHAN: Absolutely. So my path actually started way back when I was a child, watching my first episode of Star Trek. In addition to those fantastical scenes of space, what really captured my attention was this really close-knit team who was working together, manipulating this technological marvel with the sole purpose of exploring space and understanding new things and seeking new life.”
BIDEN: God only knows what is going to come from this. God only knows what is going to happen. But you all are incredible. All of the dreams that you have created in other people’s minds – all the young kids. I tell you what… I just wanted to thank you and tell you, you know, it just seems that we are on the side of the angels. At the moment when things look like they are really dark in America, over our history, something has come along. Something has come along – and you guys came along and you did this. so I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is presumptuous of me to say how proud I am of you – but I am so proud of you. And Mike, the teamwork that still exists there – and the importance of it and the consequence of what you are doing – its only just a start. I had a group of folks in my office not too long ago – House and Senate members – Democrats and Republicans – talking about infrastructure. And I have, on a shelf in the Oval Office, a Moon rock. And they walked over and said ‘is this actually a Moon rock – from the Moon?’ And I jokingly said ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait ’til you see what comes home from Mars.’ “
There is a better video here on C-SPAN.