Volume: 02, Issue: 18 11/03/2004 
President George W. Bush delivers remarks on U.S. Space Policy at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 2004. White House photo by Eric Draper.
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Vice President Dick Cheney looks at a replica of NASA's rover Spirit while touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 14, 2004. White House photo by David Bohrer.
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President George W. Bush and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe watch as ISS commander Michael Foale, right, welcomes the President during a live television link from space on Jan. 14, 2004. White House photo by Eric Draper.
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Bush Victory Means Vision for Space Stands

President George W. Bush narrowly edged a victory over Sen. John Kerry in the Nov. 2, 2004 presidential election. The President’s re-election has implications for the United States space program, allowing President Bush to pursue his plans for a more aggressive exploration of space and further investment in technology.

The President’s 2004 campaign spokesman, Steve Schmidt, asserted on the Bush-Cheney campaign website that the United States is on a scientific upswing. "America is the world leader in patents, research and development, and Nobel prizes, and the President's budget raises federal research and development funding to $132 billion for 2005, a 44 percent increase since taking office," Schmidt said.

On January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced a bold new vision for America’s space exploration program. In his speech, President Bush laid out four goals for the national space program, as outlined in the Report of the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy:

1. Implement a sustained and affordable human and robotic program to explore the solar system and beyond;
2. Extend human presence across the solar system, starting with a human return to the Moon by the year 2020, in preparation for human exploration of Mars and other destinations;
3. Develop the innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures both to explore and to support decisions about the destinations for human exploration; and
4. Promote international and commercial participation in exploration to further U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests.

The president also announced his intentions to return the Space Shuttle safely to flight, complete the International Space Station (ISS), and retire the Space Shuttle after the ISS is complete. In addition, he signed an Executive Order creating a Presidential Commission that would help research and carry out the goals he laid out in his plan.

According to President Bush and the Committee, the payback gained from this assertive plan is worth the risk, both human and monetary. They believe the United States would benefit in several areas: economics, technology, security, education, employment, and more.

For more information on Bush’s views on technology and space, visit 'http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/technology/ .

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