April 15th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama says he is committed to future of NASA


 President Obama said Thursday that he is ‘100 percent committed’ to the mission of NASA. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (CNN) - President Obama said Thursday that he is "100 percent committed" to the mission of NASA and its future.

Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center, the president sought to try to sell his vision for the space program and assuage workers' concerns about his plan.

Obama's proposal would pump an additional $6 billion into NASA over the next six years, but would pull the plug on a project to send astronauts to the moon.

The White House budget office said the Constellation Program, which had sought to send astronauts back to the moon by 2020, is behind schedule, over budget and overall less important than other space investments.

The administration would instead invest in deep space exploration and scientific development.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    Thank you Mr President. But down here in Houston there is ALOT of whining going on, even AFTER $6 BILLION in a budget INCREASE to the agency.

    But all those fine folks are probably some of the same people who complain about spending on unemployment, or helping middle-class people.

    April 15, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Americans have learned to pay more attention to what he does instead of what he says. That whole health care episode brought out the true Barack Obama. The one who said he would not stoop to Reconciliation to make it pass the Senate must have been an imposter.

    April 15, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Kate

    I hope everyone heard that speech. HE IS 100% COMMITTED TO NASA!
    Wonder where the tea baggers(Sarah's club) and the republicans will go with this?????

    April 15, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. hadro

    right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he has destroyed NASA

    April 15, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Al

    He is wrong

    April 15, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. James Wagner

    NASA has all ready, through their efferts to explore space, provide many benifi\ets to our daily life ans will proably continue to do so as they go onward into space.

    April 15, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    liar liar pants on fire

    April 15, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Dan

    Pretty easy to be committed "to the mission of NASA" when you control what that mission is. This is like saying I'm committed to doing whatever it is I want to do.

    The problem with the cancellation of the constellation mission is the President is throwing away many thousands of good jobs when the economy needs it the most. Contractors have already started laying off workers. The economy is going to take a dive as the Unemployment rate over the next few months starts growing again.

    April 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Jeff

    That's it??? That's not even worth mentioning...

    April 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Robert

    Yeah right. He is gutting NASA and giving up the Shuttle to let the Russians give us overpriced rides to orbit all the while not having a way to resupply the $100 billion taxpayer investment in the international space station and if something happens to Soyuz it will have to be deorbited. We can launch a shuttle derived heavy lift vehicle as early as 2012, all the parts exist at MAF to do this. Obama is giving up our leadership in space and in less than a year America will be without a way to send humans into orbit!

    April 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    This guy is a joke that keeps on giving.

    April 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Marc

    Informative story...

    April 15, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. ME


    April 15, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. eddie

    About as much as I am committed 100% to Obama I am sure.

    April 15, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Paul Cruz

    I think that it is unbelievable that Obama cut the Constellation project and now we must rely on Russians to take our astronauts home. Not only is it cheaper for us to do it ourselves but we're paying Russia to do it! NASA now has to cut many jobs of talented professionals. Florida does not need any more job cuts!

    April 15, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Iyov

    I agree with the fact that the return to the moon was based on old technology. I feel we need to create a ship that can fly like a SR51 or U2 to the upper atmosphere and enter into orbit and return/ Then land like a jet. We need new technologies to go into space and enter back to earth without a major payload of fuel. We also need to manage our assets in orbit so might have to rely in the United States Space Air Force.

    In terms of space travel I feel we already have the solutions with particle gates. Gates can be established throughout the entire solar system that produce particles that would move a ship at incredible speeds. Making space travel possible in term so months rather than years. We could establish space travel like we have freeways with gas stations with this system. Along with static space stations at each gate.

    April 15, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. john

    Thats it?

    Could you possibly expand on this story a little?

    April 15, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. SB

    Ok? How about posting some of the actual substance of what he said? You could mention, for example, that his "commitment" amounts to stripping Orion down to a lifeboat for the ISS, and pushes launch vehicles and exploration plans so far into the future that it's basically not his problem any more?

    April 15, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. danilo dingle

    I'm not against the space programs, but with a very bad economy, thousands of people without work, loss of homes, no healthcare for millions of hard-working people I can't believe you can justify spending billions of dollars to send people to outer space. I'm a baby boomer and I lived through the many exciting space programs in the 60's but that was 40 years ago and it was different then as it is now. I commend the president's policy and actually we could definitely cut a few millions more out of their expensive programs and focus on our current crisis we are facing in our country.

    April 15, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Bugz

    Being committed to the NASA mission is great but he has yet to provide a mission since the cancellation of Constellation. What he outlined today is a good start now we have to see if the budget will be there. The $6B he keeps referring to is primarily flowing through NASA to industry. I hope he doen't continue to flip flop and NASA gets the funding and support it needs to be successful.

    April 15, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. BUTCH

    heck of a story here....if that is all he said, than it must have been the shortest speach in the history of politics!

    April 15, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Holding Up A Mirror

    What is the compelling mission, that is of clear value add to the country for human space travel?

    It is not

    1.) To "inspire"
    2.) To "meet man's need to explore"

    Simply put, why should we do this? It isn't because Neil Armstrong says so.

    April 15, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Scott

    This is nothing more than a kick in the teeth from the President to the thousands of workers who have spent years working the Constellation program, and nothing more that a political move to shore up votes in a swing state. To pull the rug out from under thousands of Constellation workers across the country, leaving them with nothing, while promising $40 million dollars to re-train affected Florida residents alone is beyond belief.

    April 15, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. van

    Of course he did.....lol...wonder why??? Committed to "the mission of NASA" hey Mr. President....maybe it's about time to follow in the footsteps Kennedy was TRYING to leave behind. In other words – FULL DISCLOSURE PLEASE. Can't keep it a secret much longer anyway, they are in full contact not with only you government people, or haven't you figured that out yet?? lol. This is going to be good. I can't wait till things come to light.

    April 15, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Erik

    Umm....why is this supposed to be a story?

    is CNN covering for Obama dismantling the NASA space program?

    April 15, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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