Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NASA Administrator Visits KSC

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden addresses the media beneath the former Ares Mobile Launcher. CNN's space correspondent John Zarella is to Bolden's left.

Florida Today reports that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told local leaders and Kennedy Space Center employees that he is "committed to keeping KSC and the entire Space Coast the leader in the world in terms of exploration, particularly human spaceflight, and that’s what we’re going to do. All the journeys start right here."

The article's online headline is, "NASA, KSC Chiefs Promise Bright Future for Space Coast." The print version's headline is, "'All the Journeys Start Right Here.'"

Bolden was joined by KSC Director Robert Cabana.

After a morning breakfast with community leaders, Bolden and Cabana toured the former Ares Mobile Launcher, which will be converted for use with the Space Launch System.

In the afternoon, they spoke to an "all-hands" meeting of KSC employees.

“I don’t know of a time that the Kennedy Space Center has seen such dynamic change since the end of the Apollo program,” Cabana told community leaders.

The new path envisions KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as a bustling hub for launches of both NASA’s exploration missions and commercial missions flying people and satellites.

For the first time, KSC is the lead center for management of a major human spaceflight program.

The Commercial Crew Program is charged with helping private companies design and build systems to fly astronauts, and certifying their safety.

Click the arrow to watch the Florida Today report on Administrator Bolden's visit. You may see an advertisement first.

UPDATE 9:00 PM EDT — NASA has posted to YouTube two more video highlights from yesterday's Bolden-Cabana KSC tour. They're below.

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