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NASA and State of the Union Speech (Updated with quotes)

By Keith Cowing
January 20, 2015
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NASA and State of the Union Speech (Updated with quotes)

Bolden: Keep Moving the Ball Forward, Don’t Get Discouraged, SpacePolicyOnline
“Stressing that he was not suggesting President Obama would say anything about space exploration in tonight’s State of the Union address, Bolden said the President could say “for the first time in human history we may be going inside the 20-years-to-Mars.” Sending humans to Mars still is “without a doubt” at least 20 years away, he clarified, but “we’re about to slip under that 20-year threshold.”
Report of the Space Task Group, 1969, NASA
“We conclude that NASA has the demonstrated organizational competence and technology base, by virtue of the Apollo success and other achievements, to carry out a successful program to land man on Mars within 15 years.”
Keith’s update: When I was growing up in the mid-60s I seem to recall NASA talking about going to Mars by 1981. That was less than 20 years, Charlie. Indeed, NASA has been talking about going to Mars “in 20 years” or “within 15 years” for the past 40-50 years. Seems like negative progress to me. Not sure what you are bragging about.
President Obama’s State of the Union Address – Remarks As Prepared for Delivery,
“I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay. Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain and make sure to Instagram it.”
“I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know whatI know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”

Keith’s note: Astronaut Scott Kelly will be a featured guest at the State of the Union speech so you can expect some mention of NASA.
– What do you think the President will say about NASA?
– What would you LIKE the President to say about NASA?

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