NASA: To Infinity and Beyond

President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious plan for the future of NASA on Thursday, predicting that one day astronauts will journey to asteroids and Men.

He sought to reassure NASA workers following his plan to scrap the space shuttle mission, which many believe will lead to layoffs at NASA.

The President said by 2025 the country will have a new spacecraft designed for long journeys deep into space.

“We’ll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history,” he said. “By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.”

President Obama acknowledged the criticism coming from people such as Senator David Viter. He says, “The bottom line is: Nobody is more committed to manned space flight, the human exploration of space, than I am. But we’ve got to do it in a smart way; we can’t keep doing the same old things as before.”

WTOP TALKBACK: Should the federal government should spend more tax dollars on NASA or should it slash public funding until the economy improves?

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

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PRODUCER HAT ON NOW: I booked Robert Walker, former chairman of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, on WTOP Radio. Dimitri Sotis and Bob Kur did a good job with the interview. They make my producing job very easy!
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