Administrator Charles Bolden, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, Chief Financial Officer Beth Robinson and Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot unveiled the President's Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for NASA during a town hall-style all-hands briefing at Headquarters. The proposal would leverage the agency's capabilities to make significant-yet-affordable advances for the nation while meeting the space goals set by the Obama Administration. One presidential goal, to send humans to an asteroid by 2025, is targeted by what would be the first-ever mission to identify, capture, and relocate an asteroid to a stable Earth-moon orbit. There, it could be explored by astronauts using the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System.
Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
"It ensures that the U.S. will remain the world's leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come."
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Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator
"I know there's been a bit of a misperception out there after shuttle retirement that maybe NASA's best days are behind us; I think we have an opportunity with this budget to show that that is, in fact, far from the truth."
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Robert Lightfoot, NASA Associate Administrator
"We're going to go rendezvous with this asteroid and we're going to take samples off of it. It allows us to start working on the techniques that we're going to need that are so different than Low Earth Orbit."