Space Science Revolt Begins

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"The raid on science is already meeting strong resistance. Hours before Griffin met with reporters, House Science Committee Chair Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) said he was "greatly concerned" with the "sharply reduced growth" in space and earth sciences in the NASA request. And Wesley Huntress, a former NASA science chief and president of the Pasadena, California-based Planetary Society, criticized the request for "using money intended for science programs to fund continued operation of the shuttle, ... a program scheduled for termination."

Reader note: "CALL TO ACTION: NASA to cut research by 25% to help pay for shuttle replacement

Greetings Colleagues: We have a very serious matter on our hands now. NASA plans to reduce funding for research programs over FY06 and FY07 by 25% in order to fund the development of the Crewed Exploration Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle. This is a disaster to American solar system exploration. Our ability to turn this situation around is going to depend directly upon your communicating with your Representative and Senators. Absolutely every voice will count!

I have set up a website detailing this issue along with a Call to Action link at

The Call to Action link details the process of finding out who your Representative and Senators are and contains suggestions in contacting them and composing a letter. A sample letter I wrote is also provided.


PS. Pass it on.

Mark V. Sykes, Ph.D., J.D.,
Planetary Science Institute
1700 E. Fort Lowell, Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85719

520-622-8060 FAX"

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