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Obama likened America's current need to advance research and innovation to the famous race between the United States and what was then the Russian-led Soviet Union for supremacy in space exploration.
"We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people," he added
NASA chief Charles Bolden promptly said the space agency is ready to do its part.
Bolden compared Obama's speech to John F. Kennedy's in 1961.
"Tonight President Obama delivered a powerful State of the Union message to the nation," Bolden wrote in a blog posted on NASA's website late yesterday. "His focus on innovation, education and building are the foundations for our future success as a nation – and the key to economic recovery and long-term fiscal stability."
"We're making contributions in all of these areas," Bolden wrote yesterday. "Tonight's message of opportunity and inspiration will guide us as we reach even higher, building a better tomorrow and ensuring that we win the future for this generation and generations to follow."
"The last time that NASA was referred to by name in a State of the Union address was more than two decades ago, in 1989,"
Originally posted by Toadmund
Sure they want a space program that you Americans can't afford while the walls of your country come crumbling down.
The politicians are looking to space as their only escape leaving all us lesser miscreants behind in a world that they screwed up.
Then when we are all dead, they will come back to a paradise on Earth that they don't deserve.
Sorry, I just got out of bed.