CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama's visit to the Kennedy Space center today is the first by a chief executive in a dozen years, and he may have a tough audience.
Obama will try to reassure workers that America's space adventures sail on despite the coming end of space shuttle flights.
He'll also try to explain why he aborted his predecessor's return-to-the moon plan.
The Obama space plan relies on private companies to fly to the space station, giving them almost $6 billion to build their own rockets and ships. It also extends the space station's life by five years and puts billions into research to eventually develop new government rocket ships for future missions, including Mars.
Earlier this week, the administration said it would rescue a small part of the moon program. The Orion crew capsule will be slimmed down and used as an emergency escape pod on the space