Space ventures get political shout-outs

Image: Astronaut on moon
Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan salutes the U.S. flag during his 1972 mission to the moon. The photo was shown during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. (Credit: NASA)

Even though they happened far from the Evergreen State, last year’s Pluto flyby and the rocket landings accomplished by Blue Origin and SpaceX were among the “big moments” mentioned today in Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address.

Hours later, President Barack Obama invoked America’s space effort as a model for innovation in his own State of the Union Address to Congress.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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