No, not much space-related news from Denver, but a couple of minor items. One, a snippet from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s speech last night:
We are told that Barack Obama believes too much in an America of high principle and bold endeavor, but when John Kennedy called of going to the moon, he didn’t say it’s too far to get there. We shouldn’t even try.
Our people answered his call and rose to the challenge, and today an American flag still marks the surface of the moon.
Yes, we are all Americans. This is what we do. We reach the moon. We scale the heights. I know it. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it. And we can do it again.
Second, and of more direct relevance to contemporary space policy, Sen. Bill Nelson warned that John McCain would “savage” the space program if elected president, Florida Today reported. That’s apparently a reference to McCain’s plans, announced earlier this year, to freeze non-defense discretionary spending for a year, even though the McCain campaign more recently has promised to “commit to funding the NASA Constellation program to ensure it has the resources it needs”.
Nelson also took a little credit for the Obama space policy announced earlier this month. I’ve discussed with Barack several nuances and details that he put in his program for space,” Nelson said at a breakfast meeting with organized labor in Denver. “The space program is the symbol of this nation’s technological prowess and Barack understands that, just as John Kennedy understood it.”