Posted: Apr 15, 2010 1:54 PM
President Barack Obama says he is "100 percent committed to the mission of NASA and its future." His speech was watched live from the Space Symposium, now in its last day.
The president has outlined plans for federal spending to bring more private companies into space exploration following the soon-to-end space shuttle program. He was seeking to reassure NASA workers in Florida today that America's space adventures would soar on despite the termination of shuttle flights.
Obama says the Kennedy Space Center launched Americans into space and has inspired a nation for half a century. He says NASA represents what it means to be American - "reaching for new heights and reaching for what's possible" - and is not close to its final days.