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Unformatted text preview: he first time in awhile, it seems, Congressional leaders are happy with NASA as a result of this announcement: “This is a good thing,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida. “It shows real progress towards the goal of exploring deep space and eventually getting to Mars. And it’s good for Florida, too, because hundreds of Kennedy Space Center employees will have jobs assembling the new crew capsule at the center’s Operations and Checkout building.” And this: “After more than a year of uncertainty and delay, NASA has come to the same conclusion that it reached years ago – Orion is the vehicle that will advance our human exploration in space,” said U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. “The bipartisan law that I helped pass in Congress and was signed by the President last year reiterated support for Orion. Congress recently enacted a full year appropriation for NASA that clearly directed the agency to continue Orion. I am pleased this decision has finally been announced. In order to avoid the needless loss of additional skills and infrastructure, NASA needs to follow this important step by quickly finalizing and announcing the heavy lift launch vehicle configuration so that work can accelerate and the requirements of the law can be met.” Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 121 Mercury Politics Human Exploration – Popular – Public 72% of Americans support human space programs. Rasmussen Reports, 10/5/10 (Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth The Cost”, ogram_has_been_worth_the_cost, accessed 6/27/11) EK An overwhelming 72% say it’s at least somewhat important for the United States to have a manned space program, including 35% who say it’s Very Important. Only 21% say it’s not very or not at all important for the country to send humans into space. Human exploration popular – majority of Americans support human space flights and only 26% think the U.S. should give up leadership AP News, 6-17-11 (6/7/11, AP News, “Poll: Americans Want Space Program to Continue”, , 6/21/11) EK In a dramatic new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they don’t want America’s manned space program to end and they believe the United States should continue to be a global leader in space. The results of the poll follow the recent return of the Space Shuttle Endeavour – the penultimate NASA Space shuttle mission. Among the poll’s key findings: 57 percent of those surveyed support the United States maintaining its edge as a global leader in manned space exploration Support for continuing the United State’s role as a space leader consists of 59 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Independents and 54 percent of Democrats Only 26 percent of respondents indicated they do not believe the United States should cede its le...
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