Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as “the world’s most dexterous robot” called “Robonaut2” to supplement human activity both in space and in the factory.
The robot, called "R2" for short was built to replicate the appearance of a human from the waist up so that it can fit into and work in the same spaces, doing the same jobs as people do, sometimes right alongside them
We'll then be as prepared as is humanly possible to defend the earth from the invading aliens.
It may appear the President is castrating NASA and impeding human space flight, but he is actually correctly prioritizing resources to deal with threats of which we cannot be informed, for national security reasons. (It's the only logical explanation, really.)