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Obama travels to Kennedy Space Center

WASHINGTON (ABC)-- President Barack Obama heads to Cape Canaveral, Florida Thursday to revise his space policy, which has been under attack since it was unveiled in March.  Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and many Apollo-era space veterans have been some of the most vocal critics.

Under the Bush administration, NASA's goal was to send an American astronaut to the moon for a seventh time.  The Obama administration wants to, instead, focus on getting to Mars.  Thursday in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the Kennedy Space Center, the President will unveil his plan to take NASA in a new direction.

Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, says, "What the President will outline represents our best opportunity and our best effort to get this agency and program back on pace to put astronauts and rockets into space, as the President so strongly desires."

While famed astronaut Neil Armstrong has publicly criticized the President's plan, another space pioneer, Buzz Aldrin supports the changes.

Buzz Aldrin, former astronaut, says "I totally agree that we should set our sights much higher than just returning to the Moon. That's not America.  America leads and should be leading in space."

In addition to a six billion dollar boost for NASA already announced, President Obama is expected to reveal a new heavy lift rocket development program.  Then there's the $40 billion initiative  to help the Florida Space Coast transform its economy with the help of the The White House insists they are merely putting an end to programs that administration Commercial Space industry and a plan to renovate the Kennedy Space Center. officials say are years behind schedule and millions over budget.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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