Bolden’s right: America must lead or lose in exploration of space
The most telling moment in former astronaut Charlie Boldenâ€™s confirmation hearing Wednesday as NASAâ€™s next boss came in response to a question about how he planned to reinvigorate the agency.
The two-time shuttle commander and retired Marine Corps major general told this story:
When heâ€™d go into a classroom in 1980 and ask students how many of them wanted to be astronauts, every hand went up. But today, he said, â€œI may see three hands. All of them want to go into business.â€
NASAâ€™s inability to inspire a new generation of Americans â€” along with an inability to gain sustained political support for its efforts in Washington â€” shows the enormous challenges that Bolden will face when he takes the agencyâ€™s helm.
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