Space Community Reacts To Obama's Plans
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NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports on what the president is expected to say tomorrow and whether it's likely to change people's minds.
NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE: That plan doesn't satisfy Congressman Pete Olson, a Republican who represents the Texas district that's home to Houston's Mission Control.
PETE OLSON: The president's taken a very small step. It is not enough.
GREENFIELDBOYCE: He says it doesn't address lawmakers' concerns about having to rely on Russia or unproven private companies.
OLSON: It's a recognition by the administration that they are having bipartisan opposition, but that doesn't solve our problem.
GREENFIELDBOYCE: Marion Blakey is head of the Aerospace Industries Association. She said aerospace workers are hoping the president will finally set clear deadlines, for getting to specific deep-space destinations.
MARION BLAKEY: Setting those kinds of deadlines galvanizes everyone to action. In other words, we need a real plan.
GREENFIELDBOYCE: Louis Friedman is executive director of the Planetary Society.
LOUIS FRIEDMAN: I have a certain amusement about many political leaders talking about the new plan as somehow losing American leadership in space because we're not going back to the moon and doing what we did 40 years ago.
GREENFIELDBOYCE: John Logsdon is a space policy expert at George Washington University. He says the stakes for tomorrow's speech are high.
JOHN LOGSDON: They say it's a possibility of being a Kennedy moment in the sense that it puts the presidential stamp on a space program that's going to last for decades.
GREENFIELDBOYCE: Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR News.
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