White House Announces New Space Policy

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) — President Obama, in announcing a new U.S. space policy Monday, promised leadership in space coupled with benefits here on Earth.

Despite serious challenges in other areas at home and abroad, “our long-term success and leadership as a nation demands that we do not lose sight of the promise of the future,” the president said in a statement released by the White House Monday.

Above all, he said, the new policy was “about the boundless possibilities of the future,” citing a growing commercial space industry, and satellite and communications technologies that have “improved our lives and transformed our economy.”

As a key element of the new policy, the White House said, the United States will take part in expanded international cooperation in space science and exploration.

All nations have a responsibility to preserve the right of all future generations to use and explore space, the president said, committing the United States to international cooperation so that “all nations will find their horizons broadened, their knowledge enhanced, and their lives greatly improved.”

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