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Romney releases vision for space program

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has unveiled his plans for the future of NASA and a returned focus to manned space exploration. A white paper by Romeny and his running mate Paul Ryan, seeks to secure the nation's hold on space exploration by restoring the cancelled moon-oriented Constellation program. However, they're unlikely to increase NASA's funding, which stands at $17.7 billion in the White House's proposed 2013 federal budget. 

"A strong and successful NASA does not require more funding, it needs clearer priorities," the paper reads. "Romney will ensure that NASA has practical and sustainable missions. There will be a balance of pragmatic and top-priority science with inspirational and groundbreaking exploration programs."

To read the full Romney paper "Securing U.S. Leadership in Space" click here.

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