Chairman Smith Responds to NASA Administrator Bolden about Mars Flyby Mission
"In comments before the National Academies, Administrator Bolden today misrepresented a Mars Flyby 2021 mission. The Administrator indicated that a Mars Flyby is not a worthy stepping stone to an eventual Mars landing because it doesn't demonstrate technologies. That is factually incorrect. Experts have testified that a Mars Flyby mission would utilize the Space Launch System, architecture that will be central to a Mars landing. He further contended that the Obama administration's proposed Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) is a better stepping stone to Mars. However, the administration has not provided any details of how it fits into a larger exploration roadmap. The ARM mission lacks support from the stakeholder community and NASA's own advisory bodies. It is a mission without a realistic budget, without a destination and without a certain launch date. I urge the Administrator to get his facts straight when comparing the value of potential NASA missions."
Keith's note: Looks like
Mike Griffin Dennis Tito Boeing Doug Cooke Chris Shank Lamar Smith is upset that someone has an opinion that differs from the (previously all-private) bait and switch Mars Flyby mission Dennis Tito now wants everyone else to pay for. Oddly, Smith and his pro-Mars Flyby cabal have yet to explain where the money would come from for such a mission - now that taxpayers are funding it. Kudos to Charlie Bolden for being honest. But His plan is equally flawed.
Bolden: I don't consider Inspirational Mars inspirational since it doesn't demonstrate anything, doesn't help us to get people to Mars.— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) April 3, 2014
Bolden: Tito's Inspiration Mars not inspirational. One time feat, doesn't help get ppl to surface of Mars. ARM will be proving ground 4 Mars— Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) April 3, 2014