The following is crossposted from NASA.gov.
Today, President Obama outlined a vision to CNN for the future of space exploration. Echoing what he said in the 2015 State of the Union address, the President wrote, “We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.
Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to be the world’s most innovative country—a country that is developing the industries of the future and harnessing science and technology to help address important challenges.
Today, we are at the forefront of a new wave of innovation in aviation.
Over the last decade, commercial drones have emerged as an incredible tool for businesses and Americans across the country—and other startups are pursuing ideas that once seemed futuristic, like personal aircraft, but are now within reach.
In this week's address, President Obama highlighted wage growth over the course of his presidency.
Since 2012, real wages have grown about 20 times faster than they did for almost three decades between 1980 and 2007. Last year, typical household income rose by $2,800 – the single largest increase on record. Across every race and age group in America, incomes rose and poverty rates fell; and 3.5 million people were lifted out of poverty – the largest one-year drop in the poverty rate since 1968. Thanks in part to states and communities that have raised the minimum wage, lower- and middle-income families saw the biggest boost in incomes. Although we've made significant progress, the President said more work needs to be done to strengthen the middle class – and this starts with a Congress that will put politics aside and act on commonsense ideas.
President Obama will travel to Pittsburgh, PA, on October 13 to host the White House Frontiers Conference, bringing together the Nation’s top innovators to discuss how new frontiers in science and technology will help improve lives and shape the future. Today, we’re excited to announce more details about the event, which will include voices from five frontiers of innovation—personal, local, national, global, and interplanetary.
Today marks the 5th annual Manufacturing Day! Across the country over 2,500 events are taking place to highlight what manufacturing careers have to offer young people, the work of manufacturing entrepreneurs large and small, and the technologies and skills that are the foundation of the most dynamic manufacturing sector in the world.
Today, on the inaugural Green Sports Day and in line with the Pittsburgh Penguins' visit to the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is announcing a set of exciting new actions by Federal agencies and outside organizations who are using innovative approaches to tackle climate change through sports.
Ten months ago, nations from across the globe gathered in Paris to announce an historic agreement to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement established a strong global consensus to reduce carbon pollution and set the world on a low-carbon course. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions had to formally join.
Today, President Obama headed to FEMA headquarters to get the latest update on our preparation and response efforts to Hurricane Matthew. America has not seen a hurricane this strong in almost a decade. A few days ago, Hurricane Matthew became the first Category 5 hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 2007 -- and countries in the Caribbean, including Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica, have already felt the impact.
As I have traveled the globe throughout my career, I have been constantly reminded of the indispensable role of American leadership as a force for peace, progress and prosperity.