Reaction To Augustine Committee Summary

NASA Needs More Money to Meet Space Goals, Panel Finds, Washington Post

"Don't try to put astronauts on Mars yet -- too hard, too costly. Go to the moon -- maybe. Or build rockets that could zip around the inner solar system, visiting asteroids, maybe a Martian moon. Keep the International Space Station going until 2020 rather than crash it into the Pacific in 2016. Help underwrite commercial space flight the same way the United States gave the airline business a boost in the 1920s with air mail."

Report on NASA's Future Backs Use of Private Contractors, WS Journal

"A blue-ribbon study group is urging the Obama administration to rely on private enterprise to reduce costs and accelerate broad access to low Earth orbit, comparing budding entrepreneurial space efforts to the 1920s, when air-mail contracts sparked a boom in U.S. commercial aviation."

Augustine panel tells White House NASA needs a new plan -- and more money, Orlando Sentinel

"A presidential panel told the White House today that NASA is on an "unsustainable trajectory" and to preserve a "meaningful" human spaceflight program, NASA needs an additional $3 billion annually and a mandate to work closely with other countries and private companies."

Obama space panel says moon return plan is a no-go, AP

"A White House panel of independent space experts says NASA's return-to-the-moon plan just won't fly. The problem is money. The expert panel estimates it would cost about $3 billion a year beyond NASA's current $18 billion annual budget. "Under the budget that was proposed, exploration beyond Earth is not viable," panel member Edward Crawley, a professor of aeronautics at MIT, told The Associated Press Tuesday."

Augustine Commission member says NASA needs more money for any future mission, Huntsville Times

"It's pretty clear NASA needs more money," said Dr. Ed Crawley, panel member. "We basically said human exploration beyond low Earth orbit is not obtainable within the fiscal year 2010 budget. We did not find a credible plan that would fit within the budget."

Panel: No moon or beyond for NASA without new funds, Houston Chronicle

"NASA has not been given resources matched to the tasks it has been asked to undertake, said Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology. "That has to change." That message was echoed by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, the ranking Republican on the House panel that has jurisdiction over NASA. "The benefits of human spaceflight to our nation are innumerable, and as such our financial commitment to NASA and to the aerospace industry should not waiver and in fact should be increased to meet these worthy objectives, Olson said."

Panel: Space goals need $3 billion more a year, USA Today

"I'm very curious about what the administration is going to do with a report like this," said Marcia Smith, a former space expert for the Congressional Research Service and founder of spacepolicyonline.com. The "committee has made a stark case. They're saying it's $3 billion if you want to do almost anything."

Panel Calls Program of NASA Unfeasible, NY Times

"A blue-ribbon panel said Tuesday that a lack of financing has left NASA's current space program on an "unsustainable trajectory" and that the Obama administration should consider using private companies to launch people into low-Earth orbit."

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