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February 3, 2004

Dan Carpenter/Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
281/483-5111



Release: #J04-010

STATEMENT BY JSC DIRECTOR JEFFERSON D. HOWELL, JR. ON THE NASA BUDGET

The following is a statement by Johnson Space Center Director Jefferson D. Howell Jr. regarding the Administration’s fiscal year 2005 budget proposal.

“These are exciting times for the entire NASA family, including the Johnson Space Center. Our experience and expertise in human space flight is the best in the world. We will continue to operate the International Space Station, as we increase our understanding of how space flight affects humans, and we will safely return the Space Shuttle to flight. These are key elements of our long-term goal to expand the human presence in space.

“The budget unveiled yesterday demonstrates the President’s commitment to provide NASA with the resources necessary to meet the goals of our new vision. Every NASA center will be a part of this endeavor, and I am confident that our own community will make valuable contributions as we move toward our long-term objectives, including a return to the Moon that will ultimately lead us to explore Mars and other worlds.

“There will be challenges ahead. We will face these challenges together. We will maintain our focus on ensuring the safety of human space flight, and we will begin our exciting journey of exploration.”



 

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