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Obama headed to Florida in April to talk NASA



Space-shuttle-discovery-1431 President Barack Obama will visit Florida on April 15 to discuss the future of space exploration, a move that follows a controversial decision to phase out trips to the moon and turn more of the enterprise over to private industry.

The landmark shift has been expected but Florida politicians, Democrats and Republicans, have pushed back out of concern for loss of jobs and a fear the U.S. will lose ground in important research. The president, though, cited a report calling the missions "un-executable."

From the White House: "The President, along with top officials and other space leaders, will discuss the new course the Administration is charting for NASA and the future of U.S. leadership in human space flight. Specifically, the conference will focus on the goals and strategies in this new vision, the next steps, and the new technologies, new jobs, and new industries it will create. Conference topics will include the implications of the new strategy for Florida, the nation, and our ultimate activities in space. Further logistical details will be announced as they become available."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:25pm]


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