George pledges funds for space program
Times-Mail April 26, 2012
MITCHELL — Saying he is concerned that “America has lost its way in space,” Congressional candidate Jonathan George this week pledged that, if elected, he would support more funding for NASA programs.
Wednesday in Mitchell, home to the late astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, George also harkened to other Indiana astronauts, including Bedford’s Charlie Walker and Ken Bowersox.
“At the moment, it seems NASA has abandoned manned spaceflight,” George said in a press release issued before his appearance. This isn’t good for Indiana or the nation.”
He said the nation continues to reap benefits from technologies spun off from the space program.
“Almost every technology in your iPhone can trace its origin to the Apollo program,” he said.
“If elected, I will push to restore funding to the abandoned Constellation program to get America back to the moon and to inspire another generation to follow in his (Grissom’s) footsteps. I will also push to fund a follow-on to the James Webb Deep Space telescope, the replacement for the Hubble, to continue to build our understanding of deep space.”
“Yes, it is expensive up front, but the long-term payback in innovation, education and invention is priceless. It is a smart investment of our tax dollars today for our future.”
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