Burstein’s Platform

The “Burstein for Congress” Exploratory Committee has posted a Platform with brief remarks about his positions on various issues.

On the topic of Space he writes:

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy spoke eloquently on the need for a vibrant manned space program, and within the decade men from Earth walked on the moon. Fifty years later, we find ourselves having to rely on other countries to ferry our astronauts to the International Space Station.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear when the last shuttle landed back on Earth. I think it’s a travesty that we can no longer send our own astronauts to the ISS but have to rely on other countries for a lift. The space program is one of the things that makes this country great, and as much as I appreciate the unmanned missions we still send out (such as New Horizons, which will reach Pluto in 2015), I’d really like to see the United States as a leader in manned space missions again, in a fiscally responsible manner. In addition to creating jobs and the tangible technological benefits that our society relies on, the programs run by NASA inspire all of humanity and create hope for the future. The United States needs to be a leader in space again.

Burstein’s candidacy will move from exploratory to full campaign mode once his supporters collect the 2,000 signatures they need (number taken from a guidebook by the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth [PDF file].) That’s also when he will issue more detailed position statements.

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  1. Actually, not “other countries… ” Only one country — Russia. The only other nation to orbit a human being is China, and I don’t think we’ve sold ourselves out that far yet. Maybe next year…

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