Senator Cornyn Says End of Shuttle Will Affect Houston Profoundly

Senator John Cornyn says the wind-down of the 30-year-old shuttle program has a profound effect on Houston. But Cornyn says thanks to the efforts of the Texas congressional delegation, the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 at least provides some direction for NASA's future.

He wants to see the continuation of human space exploration.


"The last shuttle launch means that we are now going to be dependent on the tender mercies of Russia and other countries, to buy room on a shuttle or rocket that will actually get us to the International Space Station."

Senator Cornyn says it's as if America has lost its desire to discover and explore new frontiers, which in the past has helped inspire a generation of engineers and scientists.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...