Under President Obama’s leadership, America’s space program is once again on the move — pushing boundaries and helping to achieve our boldest aspirations. This progress comes not just because the president has tapped into the talent and tenacity of our aerospace workers, but because he also has harnessed the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that has always made America great so that NASA can focus on doing the hard things.
I was fortunate to grow up around Apollo-era engineers, who taught me that nothing is impossible if we set our sights high enough. But they also taught me that if you don’t have your facts straight and arithmetic in order, rockets just won’t fly. And unfortunately, the space plan offered by the president’s opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, just doesn’t fly. His trajectory would take our space program far off course.
For example, Romney’s budget plans would require slashing important investments in our space future, and could force the deepest cuts to the space program in almost 40 years. These cuts could devastate the critical investments we need to close the spaceflight gap, continue unlocking the secrets of the universe and ensure a bright future in space.