According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Charles Bolden and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center could play a role coordinating and executing asteroid exploration initiatives highlighted in the agency's proposed $17.7 billion budget. Orion is set for a 2021 mission to visit a small asteroid. "JSC has been involved for the last several months in looking at the feasibility, how we might carry this out. We will be one of the prime integrators and coordinators, I believe. So there is lots of good work in the budget for the Johnson Space Center," Ochoa said.
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