Hoyer Statement on 55th Anniversary of NASA

For Immediate Release:

July 29, 2013

Contact:

Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in honor of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

“Fifty-five years ago, Americans dared to set their sights beyond the bounds of Earth to explore the mysteries of space and the origins of our universe.  During the time since NASA’s founding, we landed Americans on the moon and brought them safely home, launched satellites into orbit that study our planet and facilitate global communications, and made the exploration of space an avenue for the peaceful collaboration between nations.  As NASA celebrates this milestone anniversary, I join in honoring the achievements of all who have worked so hard to make the United States the leader in uncovering the secrets of our universe and in developing groundbreaking technologies.

“I continue to be incredibly proud that Maryland’s Fifth District is home to one of NASA’s leading research facilities, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.  It has been an honor to represent NASA employees in Congress and to advocate for NASA to have the resources it needs to carry out its missions of exploration, including the development and launch of the James Webb Telescope.  What we discover in space has great implications here on Earth, and many of the findings from NASA missions have not only furthered our understanding of our planet and universe, but have also resulted in technologies used widely today.  As we mark NASA’s 55th anniversary, I look forward to many more discoveries in the years to come.”  

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