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NASA Administrator Addresses Agency Budget
Excerpts from remarks by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about the agency's fiscal year 2012 budget at a news conference held Feb. 14 at NASA Headquarters, Washington.

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Charles Bolden
NASA Administrator

(:21) This budget requires us to live within our means so we can invest in our future.  It maintains our strong commitment to human spaceflight and new technologies.  It establishes critical priorities and invests in excellent science, aeronautics research, and education programs that will help us win the future. 
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(:15) Even in these difficult fiscal times the budget supports all elements of the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010, and carries out our national goals of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world. 
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(:18)  Our number one priority is safely flying out the shuttle and maintaining the safety and well being of the American astronauts currently living and working in space, and those like Mark Kelly and his STS-134 shuttle crewmembers who are training to serve this nation on the frontier of tomorrow. 
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(:31)  The President's fiscal year 2012 budget funds a diverse array of human spaceflight programs that maximize our use of current capabilities such as the International Space Station, facilitate innovative approaches to ensure U.S. leadership in low Earth orbit, and position us to explore new frontiers of deep space.  Taken together, these human spaceflight initiatives will enable American to retain its position as a leader in space exploration for generations to come. 
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(:21) In low Earth orbit the space station remains our anchor.  In this amazing orbiting laboratory we collaborate with other nations to live and work together in space and perform cutting edge research and technology demonstrations that are critical to our eventual exploration beyond Earth orbit with humans. 
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