My fellow Americans,
This week, in the company of astronauts, I was honored to sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act right into law.
With this legislation, we renew our national commitment to NASA'S mission of exploration and discovery.
And We continue a tradition that is as old as mankind.
We look to the heavens with wonder and curiosity.
More than two decades ago, one scientist followed his curiosity and dramatically changed our understanding of the universe.
The year was 1995. Taxpayers were spending billions and billions of dollars on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The astronomer in charge had a novel idea.
He wanted to use the expensive telescope in a totally unconventional way.
Instead of pointing Hubble's eye at nearby stars or distant formations, Robert Williams wanted to peer into the void.
He aimed the massive telescope at one of the emptiest regions of the night sky.