By Gautham Nagesh - 07/07/11 06:58 PM EDT
Edwards said she worries about the message sent to students by cutting projects aimed at advancing research and technology.
NASA has been the target of frequent cuts in recent years, as the
administration has looked to boost the commercial space industry. The
president addressed the future of NASA after the retirement of the space
shuttle program this year during Wednesday's Twitter town hall.
I have been pushing NASA to revamp its vision. The shuttle did some
extraordinary work in low-orbit experiments, the International Space
Station, moving cargo," Obama said.
"But now what we need is that next technological breakthrough. We’re still using the same models for space travel that we used with the Apollo program 30, 40 years ago," Obama said.
The president said NASA is currently redefining its mission by investing in basic research with the
ultimate goal of reaching Mars. He said the private sector could handle
the more routine lower-orbit space travel.