Last night the Obama campaign posted (and emailed to its vast distribution list) a list of 39 accomplishments (“Just a couple”, the campaign noted at the beginning of the list) that the president had made in his first term. There’s a lot of predictable big-ticket issues listed, but tucked in at number 34, between entries for naturalizing servicemembers and promoting tourism, space gets a cameo:
34. President Obama set a bold new plan for the future of NASA space exploration, using the skill and ability of the private sector for short trips to the International Space Station, while building a new vehicle for exploration of distant space, and doing everything in his power to support the economy on Florida’s Space Coast.
Of course, that “new vehicle for exploration of distant space”—a reference, presumably to the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System launch vehicle—hasn’t been built yet, and that choice of words—“distant space”—sounds off, as if someone in Chicago perhaps confused it with the more commonly used “deep space.” And those on the Space Coast might be wishing the president had done more, and/or different things, to help their economy. But it’s interesting space even made the list at all.