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Space: Flight Program / Armstrong #970822

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) A letter from astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell† and Eugene Cernan† challenging President Obama's plans to idle the manned space program quoted.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Tom Costello) The future of the US space program examined on this 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 disaster; details given about the suspension of the Constellation rocket program that would replace the shuttle program and the impact on jobs; letter to Obama from space heroes including Scott Carpenter, Fred Haise† and Gene Kranz† quoted. [NASA Administrator Charles BOLDEN††- says we have to take bold steps.] [Representative Frank WOLF†- responds to Bolden’s statement about China landing on the moon before the US returns.] [Aerospace technician Patti SUNDERLAND††- reacts to possibly losing her job.] [Senator Bill NELSON – says the only person that can lead the nation’s space program is the president.] Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s support for Obama’s plans noted.

Williams, Brian;
Costello, Tom

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