NASA Administrator Charles Bolden travelled to Houston on Thursday to accept an award on behalf of all of the men and women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or simply NASA.
The City of Houston honored the space agency with the “Spirit of Houston” Award, which is given annually to a group, individual or organization that represents the pioneer spirit of the city.
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It’ s no coincidence that the award was given at a time when the Houston area is concerned about cutbacks in the national space program and potential job losses at the Johnson Space Center.
Earlier in the day, Bolden met with Mayor Annise Parker at city hall to discuss Houston’s history and relationship with the space agency.
The meeting was facilitated by Houston City Council member Jolanda “Jo” Jones, who was instrumental in bringing the NASA leader to Houston to accept the award.
Bolden, a former astronaut and retired military General, did not mention space program cuts or layoffs during his remarks at the dinner later in the evening.
However, when introducing Bolden, Mayor Parker did say, “there is no reason that Houston shouldn’t remain the center of space exploration.”
JSC Director Michael Coats was also on hand to accept the award from the city.
The presentation took place during the celebration of the city’s 174th birthday.