HM 1199

House Memorial
2A memorial to the Congress of the United States, urging
3Congress to facilitate any commercial, civil, military,
4and academic endeavors necessary to maintain the nation's
5only manned spaceflight operations workforce.
7     WHEREAS, the final mission of the Apollo space program was
8launched on July 15, 1975, from the John F. Kennedy Space Center
9in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and
10     WHEREAS, the first orbital flight of the Space Shuttle was
11launched on April 12, 1981, from the Kennedy Space Center, and
12     WHEREAS, the nation's prowess in space suffered during this
13interim between the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, and
14     WHEREAS, the United States did not adequately facilitate
15alternate commercial, civil, military, or academic endeavors,
16including, but not limited to, job training and placement, in
17order to preserve the skills of the Apollo program's workforce
18for use on the Space Shuttle program, and
19     WHEREAS, the highly skilled Apollo program's workforce
20became unemployed and, as a result, was forced to disperse to
21obtain employment elsewhere, and
22     WHEREAS, the Space Shuttle program consequently had no
23alternative except to establish, at great expense, a new and
24untested workforce for Space Shuttle flight operations, and
25     WHEREAS, the final mission of the Space Shuttle program is
26scheduled for launch on September 16, 2010, and
27     WHEREAS, the first manned flight of the Orion spacecraft,
28the planned successor of the Space Shuttle, was not scheduled
29for launch until 2015, and
30     WHEREAS, on February 1, 2010, the President of the United
31States announced a proposal to cancel funding for the
32Constellation program, including the Orion spacecraft, adding
33uncertainty to the future of manned American spaceflight, and
34     WHEREAS, the United States should not repeat the mistakes
35it made at the end of the Apollo program, and
36     WHEREAS, this state remains home to the nation's only
37manned spaceflight workforce, NOW, THEREFORE,
39Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
41     That the Legislature requests the United States Congress to
42facilitate any commercial, civil, military, and academic
43endeavors, including, but not limited to, job training and
44placement, that are necessary to maintain the nation's highly
45skilled manned spaceflight operations workforce who reside in
46this state.
47     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be
48dispatched to the President of the United States, to the
49President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the
50United States House of Representatives, and to each member of
51the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.

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