Election 2004: October 2004 Archives

31 October 2004: Bush's bold space policy, Op ed, Washington Times

"The contrasts are stark. A Kerry administration would delay - if not doom - America's reach into space."

30 October 2004: NASA's robotic moon mission spins wheels, Florida Today

"Outside analysts say NASA is hesitant to draft detailed plans for follow-on flights -- missions key to President Bush's plan to return astronauts to the moon -- until the election is over."

29 October 2004: Bush, Kerry differ on space, Florida Today

"Also, Sietzen alleges a Kerry administration would fly "far fewer" shuttle missions than the 28 to 30 NASA says are needed to complete the space station. Garver said Bush backers are stretching something she said in a Washington debate with Sietzen far out of context. Noone knows how many times the shuttle must fly to finish the station or do other jobs such as maybe repairing Hubble Space Telescope, she said. "They're trying to get Florida votes by scaring people," Garver said."

Editor's note: "Far out of context", Lori? I recorded the entire event - here is an excerpt - in context. I guess this means that what you actually say is not what you actually mean.

29 October 2004: Glenn's take on Kerry was way off the mark, Florida Today, Op ed by Reps. Dave Weldon and Tom Feeney

"Exactly where Glenn gets his facts we do not know. The Kerry-Edwards space policy makes no mention of the shuttle or station, dismisses the notion of a return to the moon and makes no commitment to a Mars expedition."

27 October 2004: Kerry's vision for space, Op ed by John Glenn, Florida Today

"There have been false rumors circulated that if my good friend John Kerry is elected president, he will limit future space shuttle flights to 10 or less. Kerry has no such plans. Indeed, it is President Bush who has proposed ending space shuttle flights by 2010 and limiting the use of the International Space Station. And where does that leave us for transportation of U.S. astronauts to the station?"

Bart Gordon Weighs In

28 October 2004: Being Good Stewards of the Nation's Space Program - excerpt from Science and Technology: The Untapped American Resource - Prepared for Rep. Bart Gordon

"An agency that was once managed by some of the most distinguished engineers and scientists in the nation is now becoming a parking place for inexperienced retired admirals and generals because of the hiring decisions of the Administrator."

Thank You Brian Berger

Editor's note: Brian Berger from Space News has been busy on the telephone today. He has been calling around Washington DC asking if I have a business relationship with USA or any other aerospace company - or if I am on the Bush campaign payroll (secretly) What an idiotic notion, Brian. As if I would 1. do something like that and then 2. not tell people. The net result, after making all of these calls, is that people now have suspicions about me which have no basis in reality. For the record I have no business relationship with USA or any aerospace company - anywhere. Nor am I seeking one. As for the Bush campaign giving me money, the answer is 'no' to that nonsense as well. Besides, having publicly stated that I am voting for Kerry, where's the logic in that, Brian?

John Kerry and John Edwards on Space and Aeronautics for the 21st Century

"Americans are justifiably proud of this nation's past aeronautics and space accomplishments. John Kerry and John Edwards believe that maintaining and increasing America's leadership in aerospace is more important now than ever.NASA research has led to breakthroughs in a number of fields, far beyond space flight, aeronautics, or the other NASA missions. "

Editor's note: Lori Garver and John Logsdon couldn't even get a statement about the Kerry campaign's position on the future of the space shuttle program in this document. The shuttle must not be a high priority for Kerry. For that matter, the ISS is not mentioned either - and when human spaceflight is mentioned it is located in a sentence where Kerry bashes Bush. This document sounds more like a retreat than a step forward.

26 October 2004: Logsdon comments on Kerry Space Policy, FPSPACE

"The whole point of this statement is to demonstrate that human exploration is not at risk under a Kerry administration."

24 October 2004: Draft Paper Provides Insight Into NASA Space Policy Options, NASA Watch

"A draft space policy paper circulating around Washington, D.C. provides some insight into what some space watchers - and NASA employees - think NASA should be doing in space - especially when it comes to the risks inherent in NASA's current human space flight systems. Given that a prominent space advisor to the Kerry campaign (John Logsdon) is a key participant in this project, this paper may also provide some insight into policies the Kerry campaign appears to be embracing - the most important of which is getting rid of the space shuttle fleet as soon as possible."

Recent Election 2004 Stories on NASA Watch

Where's Lori?

Editor's note: Over the past week or so several items have appeared on NASA Watch detailing Lori Garver's activities on behalf of John Kerry's presidential campaign. Despite the fact that Lori is annoyed with what has appeared here (according to multiple sources) she has yet to ask to address these points on NASA Watch. This could be because she 1. finds me and NASA Watch annoying (understandable - many people do) 2. Ignoring things like this for the next few days will cause them to go away or become moot or 3. what has been posted is accurate and it would be hard to refute.

Debating Space: A Tale of Two Policies - One Real, One TBD, Keith Cowing

"A day after the last of the Presidential campaign debates, a hundred or so space professionals gathered this morning in Washington, DC to hear a debate between representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns on space policy. One campaign talked about what it was doing in space - the other talked about what it might do."

18 October 2004: The great (well, ok) space debate, Jeff Foust (Futron Corp.) The Space Review

"Exploration is exciting, but it isn't the only thing we get from space," Garver said. "Sending a few people to Mars maybe isn't the most inspirational thing that we can be doing."

Editor's note: Once again Lori Garver chokes when it comes to making a strong statement rearding the exploration of space - beyond Earth - by humans. Or is this John Kerry speaking - or echos of the Clinton Administration? Hard to tell.

15 October 2004: Bush, Kerry Campaign Reps Debate Space Issues, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

18 October 2004: Space can wait until after Nov. 2, Houston Chronicle

"Space should not be politicized, and we're trying to remind people that space is not the domain of one party," [George Whitesides, executive director of the National Space Society] said. " ... We're all keeping our fingers crossed that no matter who gets elected, NASA is going back out there and exploring the universe."

Editor's note:This is a rather naive position to take. Space has been politicized since Day One, George. Indeed, we only have a space program because of politics. Wake up and read some history.

Editor's note: At last week's debate between Lori Garver and Frank Sietzen, Garver was heard to suggest to a number of aerospace contractor representatives that they block access to NASA Watch from their employees. When pressed as to why she'd make such a request, she eventually admitted that it was because there were some things about her on NASA Watch that she did not like. It would certainly seem that Lori learned the wrong lessons from her time on Dan Goldin's senior staff.

20 October 2004: Dittmar Associates' Market Study for the Space Exploration Program

"On the eve of the Presidential election, Americans continue to support human space flight and endorse the Space Exploration plan to return to the Moon and to Mars, but they also question the relationship of NASA to its constituents.

79% of respondents believe that NASA is "marketed" poorly or very poorly."

14 October 2004: Debate: The Aerospace Platform of the Presidential Candidates

Representing the Kerry Campaign position: Lori Garver
Representing the Bush Campaign position: Frank Sietzen (co-author with the editor of NASA Watch of "New Moon Rising")

Election 2004 (previous NASA Watch postings)

13 October 2004: Aerospace workers hear congressional candidate, The Citizen

"[Richard] Morrison said the first phase of President Bush's back to the moon and onward to Mars did not get properly funded. Politicians and bureaucrats are putting NASA at risk, said Morrison, adding that six shuttle flights a year until 2010 is "impossible." "That's unsafe and that's not a realistic time schedule," Morrison said. "We must put the scientists and engineers back in control."

10 October 2004: Race doesn't reflect NASA, exploration, Orlando Sentinel

"Jason Furman, an economic-policy director for the Kerry campaign, said the senator is supportive of continued exploration -- and is open to the idea of spending more money on the space program -- but thinks Bush's plan is too expensive and shortchanges some worthwhile NASA programs. "John Kerry believes the space program has made really important contributions, both to our knowledge about the world and the universe and also has been very important to the economy," Furman said. "Space exploration, and NASA in particular, will be very important to him."

The Candidates on Space

23 September 2004:Presidential Campaign Representatives Voice Support for Space, California Space Authority

"Representatives of the campaigns for both President George Bush and Senator John Kerry voiced their support for civil space program this week at an invitation-only event held in Washington, D.C."

14 October 2004: The Aerospace Platform of the Presidential Candidates" co-sponsored WSBR and WIA

"Women In Aerospace & Washington Space Business Roundtable invite you to attend The Aerospace Platforms of the Presidential Candidates - A Debate Between Representatives of the Bush-Cheney & Kerry-Edwards Campaigns"

1 October 2004: Bush and Kerry Offer Their Views on Science, [subscription] Science

SPACE POLICY - Science: Can we afford to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars? Should that be the cornerstone of U.S. space policy? If so, what parts of the current program should be scaled back or eliminated to make room for it?



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