"Ambitious Journey"

Uploaded by NASAtelevision on 13.02.2012

NASA and the nation embark upon an ambitious journey to take us farther into space than
ever before.  As we reach out and explore the beyond, we’ll
create new jobs right here on Earth. Innovative, cutting- edge research and development in
aeronautics and space technology will fuel the American economy far into the future – and
inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers… and explorers.
We do a lot of great things in space. Spending money is not one of them.
85% of the NASA budget goes outside the agency to American manufacturers and their partners
so that we can help to produce the technologies that are needed for the exploration and innovation
that we do.
NASA’s best days are certainly in front of us, as are America’s best days.
The investment in science and technology and R & D returns unbelievable benefit to Americans
and to our economy. Despite having to make tough choices in these
economic times, the fiscal year 20-13 budget advances a dynamic aerospace program envisioned
by the president and strongly supported by a bipartisan majority in Congress. It will
enable more remarkable discoveries here on Earth… and deep in space. 
This budget proposal supports important progress in building the next-generation, deep space
crew capsule, Orion… … and development of a heavy-lift rocket
designed to carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit..
It’s pretty exciting seeing those vehicles start to come to life and start to see where
they’re no longer just concepts but actually see hardware come together.
So, that’s a pretty exciting field as we’re really getting ready…
…to go beyond low-Earth orbit to leverage off what we’ve done with station and then
push further out into the solar system. It will enable expanded use of the International
Space Station. This one-of-a-kind research laboratory will improve life on Earth and
make great leaps in scientific discovery… and serve as the foundation for sending humans
deeper into space than ever before. We have a wide variety of science going on
board. We made an award to a non-profit organization
to manage the National Lab portion of space station.
This opens the door, not just to other government agencies but even private industry. Industry
that might want to test vaccines or material processes…
for fighting disease, for manufacturing, for potential technology spinoffs.
I think the benefits are yet to come. And to keep the space station fully crewed
and supplied, NASA will continue vital investments in its partnerships with American companies
working to launch a new era of spaceflight… one that will create jobs, stimulate the economy
and decrease our reliance on foreign launch providers.
It’s a pretty dynamic time watching this new industry come to life.
It is truly those partnerships that’re going to allow us not only to reduce the cost of
getting to and from space but to travel farther than anyone has ever before.
Instead of outsourcing our space program overseas we intend to insource our space program and
have Americans continuing to explore the space frontier.
American manufacturers producing American-made vehicles to take our American and partner
astronauts to low-Earth orbit. I am very bullish on American industry.
Next-generation technologies are needed to safely send humans on long-term missions through
deep space to places like asteroids and Mars. NASA is investing in developing those capabilities
with investments in research and high-risk, high payoff technology projects.
Some of the work that we are doing in the Office of the Chief Technologist provides
a means for entry, descent and landing at Mars, for example.
…and that kind of work is essential to being able to execute our vision.
Investment in creative awards and competitions will spark game-changing thinking and innovation.
It gives us the chance to sponsor small companies through large companies through small business
innovation research grants all the way up to large-scale missions.
Centennial Challenges.
…bring in non-traditional contributors from all across the nation to solve problems, hard
problems, in the service of NASA and the nation. NASA’s array of ground-breaking science
missions will reach farther into our solar system, reveal unknown aspects of our universe
and provide critical data about our home planet. The James Webb Space Telescope due to launch
in 2018 will reach back in time to revolutionize our understanding of the origins of the universe.
And, NASA is working to better integrate and coordinate its robotics and human exploration
efforts to meet the goal of sending astronauts to deep space, including asteroids and the
Martian system in the 2030s.  As an astronaut and an astronomer, it makes
perfect sense to me that our human spaceflight program and our science program would work
together to meet our future exploration goals. Even today, as MSL is on its way to Mars we’re
actually gathering radiation data. That’s one of the big unknowns that we really
need to understand. ‘How much shielding do we need to put in our spacecraft?
So, here we’ve got a chance to actually capture data during a science mission that
will have direct applications to a human mission in the future.
We also learn about the origins of Mars, the origins of the solar system, even the origins
Earth. So I see the goals, really, very well aligned.
It’s not exploration about robotics or exploration about humans.
It’s the combination of both that gives us a much stronger program.
And, to protect Earth, NASA is gathering critical data that will help us understand our planet’s
changes, improve our response to natural disasters and, in concert with other government agencies,
monitor and address potential threats from asteroids, solar flares, and other space phenomena.
NASA aeronautics continues its cutting-edge research to enhance aviation safety and airspace
efficiency while reducing the impact on our environment.
The near-term benefit will be improving air traffic management to gain a lot of operational
efficiency. In the mid-term, we are trying to provide technologies that will address
emerging needs, such as …unmanned aerial systems.
And in the far term, NASA Aeronautics research will bring revolutionary concepts that may
look completely different from today’s aircraft.  
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics: The educational foundation of our future.
NASA will continue to inspire young Americans about careers in the STEM disciplines -- and
pursuing their dreams as our next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and
Are spacesuits itchy?
Every mission that we have has an education component.
Hello from Earth!
We get sunrises and sunsets 16 times a day.
Astronauts up on the International Space Station that can beam into classrooms and having a
student ask them questions about living and working in the space environment.
We also have a fantastic mission with Curiosity. And this rover is gonna be able to traverse
the Martian surface and take samples and make measurements that can be beamed back into
classrooms... …to inspire the next generation of explorers.
The 20-13 budget proposal: Tough yet sustainable choices that provide stability and continuity
to America’s aeronautics and space exploration programs – and sets the right pace for unfolding
the next great chapter in humankind’s exploration of space.
A lot of people focus on what can’t be done with limited resources. I choose to focus
on what CAN be done, and incredible things can and WILL be done.
It’s a sound budget for us and it keeps us moving forward and making good progress
through this next year.
Technology and innovation at NASA are central to our mission and central to what the nation
This budget will allow us to continue to make great discoveries…
…and unravel the mysteries of the universe.
Thirty years from now, the small kid growing up right now will say, ‘Wow! This was what
NASA Aeronautics worked on 30 years ago.
I’m still very excited about the opportunity to inspire and motivate children because the
children are our future.
NASA carries the hopes and dreams of the country and of the world.
New ideas, innovative ideas, new things that make life better for people here on Earth.
NASA: continuing leadership in aerospace exploration, scientific discovery, innovation and job creation,
all to ensure America’s continued world leadership and secure our nation’s future
with a space program that’s built to last.