O’Brien of ‘This Week In Space’ on Obama Space ‘Revolution,’ Privatization

BY Alicia Lozano  April 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM EDT

Miles O’Brien made his second visit to NewsHour Plus to talk about the impact of President Barack Obama’s speech to NASA and where the space agency’s future may lead.

The first NASA budget released by the administration appeared to drop plans to return to the moon and called for privatizing some space operations. The president fleshed out some of his vision for America’s role in space and offered “a bone” for NASA’s highly specialized workforce: Part of the Constellation crew vehicle would be turned into a sort of emergency lifeboat for the International Space Station.

For more from O’Brien, check out SpaceFlightNow and his weekly roundup of space news, “This Week In Space.”

Here is the president’s entire speech (and transcript):