Bolden: NASA Not Inspiring Next Generation of Explorers


Bolden’s right: America must lead or lose in exploration of space
Florida Today

The most telling moment in former astronaut Charlie Bolden’s confirmation hearing Wednesday as NASA’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 he’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, “I may see three hands. All of them want to go into business.”

NASA’s inability to inspire a new generation of Americans — along with an inability to gain sustained political support for its efforts in Washington — shows the enormous challenges that Bolden will face when he takes the agency’s helm.

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