The past two years have been aconstant budget
struggle for the administration and NASA. As it tries to move into 2012, restrictions from the as yet solidified 2011 budget remain a stumbling block. The agency's chief, Charles Bolden recently stated: "NASA's successes and, yes, even its failures over the past 50 years have inspired countless people to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers and the outcome of NASA's endeavors, both in technology advancements and intellectual capital has transformed our world. By investing in high payoff, disruptive technology that industry cannot tackle today, NASA matures the technology required for its future missions in aeronautics, science and exploration while proving the capabilities and lowering the cost of other government agencies and commercial space activities."