NASA Audio File

NASA Administrator Outlines Budget Request
02.02.10
 
Excerpts from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s appearance before reporters at the National Press Club on Feb. 2 in which Bolden outlined the administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget request and answered questions from reporters about the agency’s “road map” for “a new era of innovation and discovery.” Bolden was the featured speaker in the National Press Club’s “Newsmaker” series of speakers.

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Charles F. Bolden
NASA Administrator


Cut 1 (:13) - “The President has set out a budget that supports where we think want to go and we building programs based on the budget we have, and not building programs based on a dream.”
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Cut 2 (:35) - “We are not abandoning human space flight, by any stretch of the imagination.  We have ten more years of involvement on the International space station that is exciting. We just hired some astronaut in Houston who are somewhat offended that people think they have nothing to do. We have crews we just named that are going to spend a year of their life training in Moscow just to get ready to go spend six months of their lives on orbit, that’s exploration and that’s human spaceflight and I can count that until 2020.”
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Cut 3 (:14) – “I now have a budget that allows me to walk to that end of Pennsylvania Ave and say this is the program I want all of us to work on together.  It got to be a partnership.”
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Cut 4 (:12) - "We have defined destinations we want to go and we will go there incrementally, and through our technology development, that will help determine where you go first.”
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Cut 5 (:25) – “We are making some big changes and I don’t think anybody can expect that we will detailed specifics all laid out here overnight it’s going to take us a little while. We are going to have to figure out how we draw down the constellation program in cooperation with our partners in congress, so we have a lot of work to do, but I am confident we can get there.”
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