Ted Cruz Wants NASA To Focus On Deep Space Missions Instead Of Studying Earth

March 14, 2015 11:34 AM

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Ted Cruz Wants NASA To Focus On Deep Space Missions Instead Of Studying Earth

Ted Cruz, chairman of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, said NASA should focus more on deep space exploration and less on studying the planet through Earth observing satellites. At a senate hearing over the $18.5 billion budget request for NASA’s fiscal year 2016 on Thursday, Cruz expressed concerns that the space agency had lost sight of its “core mission,” according to media reports.

“Almost any American would agree that the core function of NASA is to explore space. That's what inspires little boys and little girls across this country,” Cruz reportedly said at the hearing that was also attended by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “I am concerned that NASA in the current envir...

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