April 11, 2013
NASA Associate Administrator Statements On The Asteroid Initiative In The FY 2014 Budget Request
The following are statements from the associate administrators of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Science Mission Directorate and Space Technology Mission Directorate on the administration's budget request for the 2014 fiscal year.
From Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier:
From Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld:
"The crucial first step in this endeavor is to enhance our ongoing efforts to identify and characterize near-Earth objects for scientific investigation and to find potentially hazardous asteroids and targets appropriate for capture. The capture mission will be a highly visible and significant collaboration of robotic and human exploration in translunar space."
From Associate Administrator for Space Technology Michael Gazarik:
"This mission accelerates our technology development activities in high-powered solar electric propulsion. The ambitious mission to rendezvous, capture and redirect a small asteroid to Earth-moon space could not be accomplished without solar electric propulsion technology. This technology also will support the commercial telecommunications and satellite industries, and is an essential step toward future NASA human and robotic exploration forays into deep space."
The NASA budget and supporting information are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/budget
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