OSTP Director John Holdren yesterday delivered a keynote address at the 49th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, sponsored by the American Astronautical Society and held in Greenbelt, MD. In his remarks, Dr. Holdren described his early attraction to and involvement in rocketry, starting at age 10 with his construction of solid rockets made from his mother’s discarded lipstick tubes, continuing through his studies in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, and culminating with his recent work with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden to put NASA’s human spaceflight program on a more sustainable and achievable path.
Dr. Holdren also described the President’s priorities for space, as outlined in the Administration’s most recent budget proposal and the recent string of accomplishments by NASA and the commercial space transportation sector. Finally, he emphasized the great challenges and accomplishments that lie just beyond the horizon but are well within our reach if the space community unites behind the common cause of exploration and discovery.
To read Dr. Holdren's full remarks, click here.