NASA's boss Jim Bridenstine as the entire US space The office is in mourning for President George HW Bush, who…
NASA’s boss Jim Bridenstine as the entire US space The office is in mourning for President George HW Bush, who died in his home in Houston at the age of 94 on Friday, November 30.
“NASA and the nation mourn the passion of President George Herbert Walker Bush, a leader who was passionate advocate for space exploration,” Bridenstine said in a statement Saturday.
Bush launched the Space Research Initiative on July 20, 1989 – the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 target spirit – to galvanize NASA to once again return the astronauts to the moon, and then aim for a manned mission to Mars. The Space Exploration Initiative (or SEI) required the construction of a giant orbital outpost, called Space Station Freedom, as well as the quest for a permanent human presence on the moon before moving on to Mars, according to an overview of former NASA historian Steven Dick. SEI space station projects were developed to the international space station, but the goal of sending astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars was left unrealized. [Presidential Visions of Space Exploration: From Ike to Trump]
The Bush targets for NASA are the same as the space agency faces today under the leadership of President Donald Trump, who has ordered NASA to once again return astronauts to the moon.
“President Bush’s Space Exploration Initiative helped us think big and long-term about space,” says Bridenstine. “His sad vision of” a trip to tomorrow – a trip to another planet – a manned mission to Mars “helped maintain NASA’s early work at the International Space Station, and it can still be felt in our continued quest to send people further into the solar system to live and work for longer periods. “
Bridenstine said that Bush was one of his personal heroes and source of inspiration.
“I remember yesterday watching the 1992 Republican National Convention, learning from his victim and hearing his whimsical memories of” sitting on an airplane, watching the stars and dreaming of a girl named Barbara “Bridenstine said. “From being the youngest nuclear pilot in the world during WWII and postponed to his years of public service in Congress, the State Department, CIA, Vice President and President, there was nothing he would not give for our country and her people. “
Bush served as president from January 1989 to January 1993 after eight years as Vice President under President Ronald Reagan.
” The President noted that it was the fate of humanity to explore, and America’s destiny to lead, “Bridenstine said. We are greeting this great American leader who challenged us to map a course for the future to benefit all humanity. “