Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 11, 2011

Hello. I am delighted to welcome all of you to the United States and to Space Camp. I am speaking to you not just as the U.S. Secretary of State -- but as the mother of a Space Camp graduate. In 1993, my daughter Chelsea had a fantastic experience at Space Camp. I still remember her sense of wonder and exploration, and I was so proud of her accomplishments during her time at the Space and Rocket Center.

As newly minted “science diplomats” you create real bridges between the United States and your home countries, as well as between Pakistan and India.

As President Obama has said, “Education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century.” This includes meeting new people in new places and broadening your knowledge through scientific observation, discovery, and exploration.

India and Pakistan have a unique history. Years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a program that brought people from both nations together like this. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, where mutual respect and understanding are more important than ever, what you are all doing over the course of the next week shows us that progress is possible.

During your time at Space Camp, I hope you take the opportunity to challenge yourselves, forge lasting friendships with students from a variety of backgrounds, and -- most importantly -- have fun.