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NASA's Bolden tours Decatur ULA plant for first time

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, in the Rocket City for a three-day symposium at Marshall Space Flight Center, took a detour to Decatur for his first-ever tour Wednesday of the United Launch Alliance rocket assembly plant. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, in the Rocket City for a three-day symposium at Marshall Space Flight Center, took a detour to Decatur for his first-ever tour Wednesday of the United Launch Alliance rocket assembly plant.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

There are just 35 days left before automatic cuts take place across the federal government, and the results of that all boil down to jobs.

The Aerospace industry is expected to take a big hit if the White House and Congress don't act.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, in the Rocket City for a three-day symposium at Marshall Space Flight Center, took a detour to Decatur for his first-ever tour of the United Launch Alliance rocket assembly plant.

"I'm impressed," he said.

The Delta IV and Atlas V manufactured at the plant play key roles in national defense and NASA's mission. But to keep flying these commercial rockets – and the government's space launch system under development - takes bodies, big bucks and buy-in from the American people. And time is running out before sequestration hits.

"You would be foolish not to be nervous right now," Bolden said.

Jobs are on the line, but a very emotional Bolden remains hopeful.

"I have to believe that Congress and the president will continue to find a way to come together to get things solved."

And with money at the root of his troubles these days, I asked him a very personal question that could solve his agency's woes: "Did you buy a lotto ticket?"

"I did not buy. My wife was supposed to buy one," Bolden replied.

Bolden said he doesn't know yet if he'll be tapped for another term. But, he'll be in town for the three-day NASA advisory council meeting at the space flight center in Huntsville.

The public is invited, and for more details on the event, click here.

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