Whos the boss?, Obama should speed up nomination of new NASA chief, Houston Chronicle
"A congressional mandate to delay action on the shuttles future expires on Thursday. At that point NASA officials will be free to start the phase-out of the fleet if they so choose. Presidential science adviser John Holdren has said, however, that no decisions will be made on the fate of the shuttle and the development of a replacement vehicle until a new administrator is in place."
Editor's note: So who's running NASA? Is it acting Administrator Christopher Scolese or Presidential science adviser John Holdren? With NASA set to to resume shutting down the Shuttle program next month this appears to go contrary to what Holdren is saying. I have an idea, why not nominate an administrator??
Here's a thought, by all accounts Christopher Scolese is doing a good job, heck why not take away the acting title? After all, that would be better than the current situation.
For a different viewpoint on the need for appointing a new administrator have a look at Miles O'Brien new blog posting "First Dog trumps Final Frontier?"
"There is a lot of hand-wringing in the space community these days about the Obama Administrations inability to fill the corner office on the ninth floor at NASA headquarters.
The incredulous refrain among space cadets: they picked the First Dog before they selected a NASA administrator!?
Editor's Update: This just in: Congresswoman Kosmas Wins Key Battle to Eliminate Hard Deadline for Shuttle Retirement
"Today, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) announced that the House and Senate conference agreement on the budget resolution (S.Con.Res 13) reflects her request to include a provision that removes the hard deadline for Shuttle retirement. The final budget resolution provides an additional $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2011 for the Shuttle program, giving NASA the flexibility it needs to fly the current manifest beyond 2010."
"The conferees agreed with Kosmas and the conference agreement explanatory statement contains the following language explicitly providing funding for the Shuttle program beyond 2010:"
The conference agreement recognizes the scientific and technological contributions of our nation's manned and unmanned space program and the strategic importance of uninterrupted human access to space, and supports efforts to reduce the impending gap in US human spaceflight. The conference agreement matches the President's request for NASA in 2010 (while acknowledging that an additional $400 million was appropriated for NASA exploration in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and provides $2.5 billion above the President's request in 2011. The additional funding is provided in 2011 in anticipation that the funding is needed for the remaining eight space shuttle missions to safely fly and to complete the construction and equipping of the international space station.
We'll see how this plays out and if this passes.