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Statement by Rep. Ralph Hall on the April 12th Speech by NASA Administrator O'Keefe

Press Release From: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Democratic Caucus
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

I am pleased that Administrator O'Keefe is settling in at NASA and is getting acquainted with its world-class capabilities. I want to reaffirm my commitment to work with him to build a strong space program. Having said that, we have to remember that there have been numerous NASA strategies and mission statements over the years. If goals are to be more than words, we have to provide the resources and commitment needed to realize them. The best way the Administrator could demonstrate his commitment to "science-driven missions" would be to complete the International Space Station - restoring the crew size and research capabilities that successive Congresses and Administrations have supported. Such a step would also keep faith with our international allies and provide a vision that will inspire our young people.

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