Former Senator John Glenn on NASA

by Brittany Shannon on October 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

As NASA celebrates its 52nd birthday, it also celebrates the extension of the life of the International Space Station. We met up with Cambridge-native and former United States Senator John Glenn on Strickland’s campaign trail. He took some time to talk about the necessity of the space program.

Congress recently approved a new budget for NASA that funds the shuttle program for one more year, allowing an additional shuttle flight to the two remaining scheduled flights. Former Senator Glenn says he does not want to see the program end as it is a vital piece of the country’s economy.

"I think the space program is one of the keys to our economic future because it’s the most unusual laboratory, most unique laboratory we’ve ever had in this country or in the world," says astronaut and former Senator, John Glenn.

Throughout the years, the program’s funding has been cut, but the new budget extends the life of the International Space Station from 2015 to 2020.

"What they had to do was cut back on a lot of things throughout the year. They cut back on the research on the International Space Station."

The new plan relies on the commercial space industry to transport astronauts to the space station.