Wednesday, April 20, 2011

President Obama to Attend STS-134 Launch

Florida Today reports that President Obama will attend the STS-134 launch scheduled for April 29.

The visit will mark Obama's second trip to KSC in the past year. Obama visited KSC on April 15 last year to rollout his new plan for NASA and the U.S. space program.

The Obama administration directed NASA to invest in the development of commercial space taxis to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Space station operations are being extended to at least 2020, and NASA is setting its sights on developing a heavy-lift rocket and a crew exploration vehicle for missions beyond Earth orbit.

UPDATE April 21, 2011 7:30 AM EDTFlorida Today updates that the Obama family will attend the launch on April 29.

The article notes that the President is scheduled to deliver a graduation address that day in Miami at 5:00 PM. Launch time is scheduled for 3:47 PM.

Still no final decision on whether Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend. The wounded congresswoman is the wife of STS-134 commander Mark Kelly.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Hope the launch goes well :) No pressure....