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FIT grad: Space exploration needs congressional support

• http://www.floridatoday.com, Kristin Shahady

 I also just graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne with a degree in astrophysics, and look forward to a long, exciting career of working on challenging endeavors that help us understand our world better, and give us all a better future.

My trip to Congress was humbling and encouraging. Meeting the people who are charged with the monumental task of making national policy is surely humbling, but to actually be listened to is the encouraging part.

Last year, I joined the Citizens for Space Exploration, which participates in state and nationwide efforts to educate and inform legislators and the public about the continued importance of NASA's space programs, and the vital role the agency plays in building our local economy. Each year, representatives from as many as 25 states, including more than 30 university students, visit members of Congress, reminding them of the importance of our space programs — now and in the future.


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