Obama Heading to KSC To Promote Space Plan

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U.S. President Barack Obama will make a “major space policy speech” and meet privately with lawmakers during an invitation-only space conference April 15 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during an April 8 teleconference with reporters.

Bolden said he expects the conference to give Obama an opportunity to emphasize his commitment to human spaceflight and “to continue the conversation that he has been having with members of Congress.”

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at approximately 1:45 p.m., and speak at 3 p.m., according to an administration official.

Bolden said the event would include four panel sessions during which NASA hopes to obtain input from lawmakers, industry executives, scientists, engineers and academia.

“There will be several roundtable or panel discussions, breakouts on a number of topics that have to do with the programs in the proposed budget so we can get some feedback from people who happen to attend the conference and we have an opportunity for learned people to share their insights,” he said.

Bolden said the conference would not be open to the public but that it would be broadcast on NASA TV.