NASA Hopes Successes Will Boost its Support in Congress

August 8, 2012

The Curiosity rover's impressive arrival on Mars couldn't have come at a better time for NASA.

The agency, facing budget cuts, increased congressional scrutiny and questions about its direction since the shuttle program ended last year, has worked to remind skeptics the U.S. space program deserves continued support and investment.

Now NASA has two high-profile triumphs to back up those words: Curiosity's perfectly choreographed landing on Monday, and May's successful berthing of a SpaceX vehicle at the International Space Station, a first for a commercial company. 

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