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(excerpt from [URL=http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_home/]GOP.com[/URL])
[i]The exploration of space has been a key part of U.S. global leadership and has supported innovation and ownership of technology. Over the last half-century, in partnership with our aerospace industry, the work of NASA has helped define and strengthen our nation's technological prowess. From building the world's most powerful rockets to landing men on the Moon, sending robotic spacecraft throughout our solar system and beyond, building the International Space Station, and launching space-based telescopes that allow scientists to better understand our universe, NASA science and engineering have produced spectacular results. The technologies that emerged from those programs propelled our aerospace industrial base and directly benefit our national security, safety, economy, and quality of life. Through its achievements, NASA has inspired generations of Americans to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, leading to careers that drive our country's technological and economic engines.
Today, America's leadership in space is challenged by countries eager to emulate — and surpass — NASA's accomplishments. To preserve our national security interests and foster innovation and competitiveness, we must sustain our preeminence in space, launching more science missions, guaranteeing unfettered access, and maintaining a source of high-value American jobs.[/i]
(excerpt from [URL=http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform]Democrats.org[/URL])
[i]President Obama has charted a new mission for NASA to lead us to a future that builds on America's legacy of innovation and exploration.[/i]
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