The Space Act Agreements mark the first step since President Barack
Obama's Monday release of his fiscal 2011 budget request that killed
NASA's planned Constellation project that was to have returned humans
to the moon. The new funding supports the president's direction to foster commercial human spaceflight capabilities.
"The president has asked NASA to partner with the aerospace industry
in a fundamentally new way, making commercially provided services the
primary mode of astronaut transportation to the International Space
Station," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We are pleased to be
able to quickly move forward to advance this exciting plan for NASA."
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