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Excerpts of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaking at a Sept. 14, 2011 news conference at the Senate Dirksen Building, Washington, D.C., during which the selected design of a new Space Launch System was announced. This new heavy-lift rocket will take the agency’s astronauts farther into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America’s future human space exploration efforts. The booster will be America’s most powerful since the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon and will launch humans to places no one has gone before.

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Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

Cut 1 – (00:18)  “The next chapter of America’s space exploration story is being written today. Today I’m pleased to announce that NASA has selected the design of its new deep space launch system that will take American astronauts further into space than any nation has gone before and create jobs right here at home.”
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Cut 2 – (00:14) - “The selection of the vehicle needed to transport our astronauts into deep space was one of the most important decisions to be made this decade, and required a major commitment on the part of the American taxpayer. That's why the Administration insisted on doing the due diligence required to get it right.”
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Cut 3 – (00:14) – “President Obama has challenged us as NASA to be bold and dream big, and that's exactly what we do. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, tomorrow’s explorers will now dream of one day walking on Mars.”
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