Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Obama to Redditors: Space Exploration a "Big Priority"

This afternoon, President Barack Obama surprised the internet with an appearance on a reddit IamA. Reddit, a social news site billed as the "front page of the internet," regularly hosts "IamA" threads that allow reddit users to ask the submitter, often a celebrity, anything they want. The submitter then answers a selection of questions live over the internet. As evidence that Obama is truly answering the submitted questions, his campaign sent out a tweet and image of him in front of his computer.

So far, Obama has answered a few questions. Most notably for physics fans out there, here's what Obama said in response to a question from the user ormirian about potential increased funding for the U.S.'s space program:

"Making sure we stay at the forefront of space exploration is a big priority for my administration. The passing of Neil Armstrong this week is a reminder of the inspiration and wonder that our space program has provided in the past; the curiosity probe on mars is a reminder of what remains to be discovered. The key is to make sure that we invest in cutting edge research that can take us to the next level - so even as we continue work with the international space station, we are focused on a potential mission to a asteroid as a prelude to a manned Mars flight."

Maybe this will translate into budget increases in the future. We shall see.

Top image courtesy of Pete Souza via Wikimedia Commons.


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