The following is a statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on the second anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration, a plan to return to the moon, travel to Mars and destinations beyond.

“Two years ago this week, President Bush committed our nation to the Vision for Space Exploration. This Vision commits America to a journey of discovery and exploration with new and exciting plans to return astronauts to the moon. From there, to voyage to Mars and beyond, while continuing to engage in groundbreaking space science and pioneering advances in innovation, creativity and technology. Together with the partnerships we have in the International Space Station program, our nation has the tremendous opportunity and solemn responsibility to lead the way toward the dawn of a new space age.”

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