Rep. Kevin Brady: Ending space trips harms economy

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on Tuesday panned the Obama administration's decision to stop sending people to the moon, charging that "defunding the Constellation program will harm the U.S. economy."

Calling the decision "short-sighted," Brady said at a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee that human space exploration "makes the United States more economically competitive" by driving technological innovation. He cited life science research with astronauts that has spurred breakthroughs in cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis detection.

The administration decided to end the manned space program for budget reasons, arguing that the funds could be better used elsewhere.