Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, offered the following statement Monday following news of the successful landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars:
"The soft landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars is a testament to NASA's engineering superiority.
"More importantly, it serves as the most recent and best example of why it is so important for us to continue to invest in deep space exploration. By committing to expand the horizons of exploration, we guarantee new discoveries and new applications from all we learn.
"I want to congratulate the men and women of NASA for an outstanding job.
"The first pictures, from more than 350 million miles away, are breathtaking. America can't wait to see what new information the rover uncovers and sends back to us."