Posey Leads Coalition For NASA Return To Moon By 2022
By SunshineStateNews.com // April 10, 2013
POLITICS & SPACE
(ABOVE VIDEO – CongressmanPosey): AN AVID SUPPORTER OF SPACE, Congressman Bill Posey participated in a 2011 House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on the future of Human Space Flight and the direction that commercial space is heading. During the hearing, Rep. Posey had the opportunity to ask questions of American heroes Neil Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission, and Captain Eugene A. Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17 mission.
SUNSHINESTATENEWS.COM – U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., is leading a bipartisan congressional coalition in re-introducing a bill directing NASA to return to the moon by 2022 and to establish an American colony there.
It would be a massive project in which the Florida Space Coast likely would play a role.
“The Russians are going to the moon; the Chinese are going to the moon,” Posey tells Sunshine State News concerning HR 1446, the “REasserting American Leadership in Space Act,” or REAL Space Act. “They’re not going there to bring back some rock samples and study the origins of the moon and the earth; they’re going there to colonize.”
Posey is hesitant to tout the benefits his legislation would accrue to the Sunshine State’s space program, downgraded under President Barack Obama. He insists his bill is an issue that “transcends parochialism and transcends partisanship.” But he can’t deny that Floridians – especially his own Space Coast constituents – have much to gain from the bill’s passage.
“There are many companies throughout the state of Florida that benefit from our space program, and I don’t think there is a single county that doesn’t have some connection with the space industry,” the congressman and former state senator admits. “But that’s not the purpose of this legislation, though that’s obviously a positive spin-off.”
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