A new chapter for America’s space program

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.

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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.