TED CRUZThe message from Senator Ted Cruz – Republican from Texas: “Focus NASA on its core mission: exploring space…and more of it.”

Cruz has announced that he will chair the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness.

Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, poked his head into NASA’s Orion last year at the Johnson Space Center. Orion program manager Mark Geyer (left) discusses the workings of the spacecraft with the lawmaker. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Ted Cruz, Republican senator from Texas, poked his head into NASA’s Orion last year at the Johnson Space Center. Orion program manager Mark Geyer (left) discusses the workings of the spacecraft with the lawmaker.
Credit: Lockheed Martin

“Texas has a long and cherished history when it comes to space exploration and my top priority as Chairman will be to help refocus NASA on its core priority of exploring space,” Cruz stated in a recent communiqué on his Senate website.

Senator Ted Cruz Credit: Office of Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz
Credit: Office of Ted Cruz

“We need to get back to the hard sciences, to manned space exploration, and to the innovation that has been integral to the mission of NASA.”

A number of space leaders have lauded the lawmaker’s vision for NASA, and echo his call to “fully ignite” American imagination, including Walter Cunningham, former NASA astronaut and Apollo 7 pilot.

To read the Cruz message on the space program, go to:

http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2077

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