GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The leader of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration calls this "a very exciting time for NASA" with planned missions to an asteroid and to Mars in future years.
The Gettysburg Times (http://bit.ly/1ittpZN ) says NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr. said Tuesday at Gettysburg College that he's optimistic about America's future in space despite what he called "temporary setbacks facing everyone in government."
The agency plans to have humans capture an asteroid by 2025 and redirect the 500-metric-ton body to a stable lunar orbit where astronauts can visit and explore it. Bolden said a human mission to Mars in the 2030s is a NASA priority.
Bolden called the ending of the space shuttle program "a bittersweet moment" but said a private firm is now resupplying the International Space Station.
Information from: Gettysburg Times, http://www.gettysburgtimes.com