Here is the Obama NASA speech video from Thursday April 15, 2010. President Barack Obama addresses the future of the U.S. space program at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The speech time is 2:50 p.m. ET — watch live stream video embedded below. Thereafter check back for full video and transcript text.
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Link Live web-feed video. The event can also be seen via the White House Web site as well as on CNN Live or via the White House iPhone app — a free download. The speech will also be televised on CSpan, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.
President Barack Obama’s trip to Florida’s Space Coast and speech today at NASA headquarters at KSC takes him directly before those directly impacted by his proposals. Included is a “heavy lift rocket” as well as a “re-structuring of the Orion crew capsule,” according to ABC News. The plan is also said to lay “”the foundation for future exploration spacecraft.” The space shuttle program ends in the fall of 2010, as previously scheduled.
According to USA Today, quoting White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the President’s proposal is in response to findings by an independent commission revealing that some NASA programs are “years behind schedule, (and) massively over-budget” and “the timetable prescribed was un-executable.” Gibbs goes on to say Obama’s program “will provide more jobs for the area, greater investment in innovation, more astronaut time in space, more rockets launching sooner, and a more ambitious and sustainable space program for America’s future.” Source: Obama’s NASA policy: The White House vs. Neil Armstrong
The proposal has drawn criticism from some former astronauts including the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. Along with fellow former astronauts James Lovell and Eugene Cernan he wrote an open letter to the President urging him to reconsider; the full text can be seen here: Armstrong: Obama NASA plan ‘devastating’ The proposal does have support, however, from Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. See Neil Armstrong Vs. Buzz Aldrin Over Obama’s Space Plans
For additional commentary see:
- White House Defends NASA Plans
- Florida ‘Space Coast’ sees economic hardship in Obama plan
- Former Astronauts Oppose Obama’s NASA Plan
- Moon vets say Obama’s NASA cuts would ground U.S.
- NASA, We’ve Got a Problem. But It Can Be Fixed.
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