February 17, 2010
The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign today released the following statement from Gov. Crist in light of todayâ€™s announcement that President Obama will be making phone calls to NASA astronauts working on the International Space Station:
â€œWhen it comes to NASA and our nationâ€™s space exploration programs, President Obama needs to provide more than just a photo-op to ensure that America remains a leader in space innovation.
â€œWhile it is great that the President is reaching out to those astronauts working on the International Space Station today, phone calls do not make up for the Presidentâ€™s disappointing decision to end NASAâ€™s Constellation program. Â By cutting this program, President Obama is putting an end to significant investment in moon exploration and costing Floridaâ€™s Space Coast thousands of jobs.
â€œAs middle school students from Miami join the President today for this event, I sincerely hope that he provides our students with more than just rhetoric on this issue and re-affirms his commitment to all NASA programs.â€
Governor Cristâ€™s Support Of Floridaâ€™s Space Programs
- Governor Crist will hold a statewide Space Summit on February 18th, 2010 to identify ways to grow Floridaâ€™s Space Coast economy.
- In response to the federal policy decision to end the space shuttle program and to initiate new human space exploration missions beyond earthâ€™s orbit, Governor Charlie Crist proposed $32.6 million to help build the commercial space business in Florida.
- Governor Crist proposed $20 million to Space Florida to fund business recruitment activities, including the following:
- Financing for Space Industry Jobs Retention and Business Expansion â€“ $10 million for an internal source of financing and investment funds to provide additional opportunities for expanding space businesses and to establish sustained industry growth.
- Expanded Space Business Services â€“ $3 million to provide assistance to emerging space businesses pursuing opportunities in Florida.
- Workforce Development Assistance â€“ $3.2 million to provide support to workforce development programs and technical training initiatives.