White House Defends NASA Plans

White House officials say that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is reaching out to Neil Armstrong. In the meantime, the administration will be convening a task force that will present an economic plan for the Florida space industry to the president within the next 120 days.

"As an Apollo astronaut, I know full well the importance of always exploring new frontiers and tackling new challenges as we explore space. The simple truth is that we have already been to the Moon -- some 40 years ago," Aldrin said.

"What this nation needs in order to maintain its position as the 21st century leader in space exploration is a near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on developing key, cutting-edge technologies that will take us further and faster -- while expanding our opportunities for exploration along the way," he said.

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