A Florida Today guest editorial by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden argues that this year's Juno, GRAIL and Mars Science Laboratory launches from Cape Canaveral show that NASA is creating jobs.
These missions represent exciting space science, but as always, NASA’s work has a big impact on the ground as well. Throughout its history, communities around the nation have benefited from our investments in exploration. GRAIL and MSL created jobs — the vast majority of which are in the U.S. — and will sustain them.
My concern with this editorial is that NASA is not a jobs program. If jobs are created as the result of a program, fine, but the mission is the program's justification, not jobs.