Through NASA, we have put a man on the moon, helped build an international space station, produced images from deep space, and made unbelievable advances in satellite technology. I’m proud of these efforts and I am particularly proud of my own home state’s contributions to them.

As we close this chapter of America’s space program and retire the last remaining shuttle, let’s not forget all the progress we have made. Let’s not forget those who made it possible. I applaud the accomplishments of every NASA worker, and particularly those down at Kennedy Space Center. As I watch the final space shuttle launch, I will be thankful for all the contributions so many Americans have made and I will continue to fight to keep the ‘space’ in Florida’s Space Coast. 

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a former elementary school teacher and a member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.