News: September 2004 Archives

KSC Survives Jeanne

22 September 2004: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Approves NASA Authorization Act

"The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2004. The legislation includes an amendment authored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) that requires the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to prepare a plan for operating the Space Shuttle until the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is ready for flight."

Sean O'Keefe's Weekend

18 September 2004: MU celebrates research hub - $60 million project stirs optimism, Columbia Daily Tribune

"After 10 years in the making and about three years since ground was broken, MU dedicated the $60 million Life Sciences Center yesterday in a festive afternoon that included live music, food, drinks and tours of the facility. The leader of America's space agency was there, and there were friendly exchanges between Democratic and Republican politicians."

17 September 2004: The Luck O' the Irish , Shore Publisher

"North Stonington -- "I never excelled at anything," NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said last Friday. "I am living testimonial and proof that it's better to be lucky than good." The humble O'Keefe was describing his journey from graduate of Wheeler High School in North Stonington to top dog at NASA."

17 September 2004: Bush may see cabinet exodus if re-elected, Boston Herald

"DEFENSE. Rumsfeld, scarred by the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, is cagey about his future. Bush has stood by him, but Rumsfeld has many detractors in Congress and the military. While spry at 72, his age could become a factor. If Rumsfeld leaves, the job could go to Rice, NASA chief Sean O'Keefe, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox of California or former Sen. Sam Nunn, a Georgia Democrat who once headed the Armed Services Committee."

GAO was asked by the Senate Government Affairs Committee to look at NASA's financial management. We are looking for reports of allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse of NASA's financial mismanagement of funds.

If you have any questions please call me

Kristen Plungas-Bartzen
202-512-3091
Office of Special Investigations-GAO

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Concerned about NASA's serious financial management problems recently reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the NASA IG, the Senate Government Affairs Committee Chairman, Senator Susan Collins, has requested the GAO perform one or a series of audits and investigations to test the design and effectiveness of NASA's internal controls over disbursements, including its credit card programs. The Committee Chairman has expressed concerns about wether NASA has an effective system of internal controls to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer resources. Specific concerns about fraud, waste, and abuse at NASA can be reported confidentially to GAO.

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Editor's note: Someone from the GAO Office of Special Investigations asked if I would post the following on NASA Watch:

"Concerned about NASA's serious financial management problems recently reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the NASA IG, the Senate Government Affairs Committee Chairman, Senator Susan Collins, has requested the GAO perform one or a series of audits and investigations to test the design and effectiveness of NASA's internal controls over disbursements, including its credit card programs. The Committee Chairman has expressed concerns about whether NASA has an effective system of internal controls to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer resources."

NASA Prepares for Hurricane Ivan

"Preparations are under way to secure important space flight hardware. NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., and the Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are getting ready to ride out the storm. Other NASA installations, from Johnson Space Center, Houston, to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are keeping a wary eye on Ivan's track."

- Frances, Ivan Contribute to NASA's Hurricane Studies
- NASA Hurricane Ivan Preparation Update 12 Sep 2004
- NASA SSC Status
- NASA Terra Satellite Image of Hurricane Ivan
- Storm Track, NOAA NHC
- NASA Hurricane Ivan Preparation Update 12 Sep 2004
- Hurricane Ivan advisory, NOAA NHC

"MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 140 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. IVAN REMAINS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE. FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE COMMON IN MAJOR HURRICANES AND ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. IVAN IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL AS A MAJOR HURRICANE...AT LEAST CATEGORY THREE."

Monster Space Book Auction

Richard H. Jackson former owner of Missile, Space, and Rocket Used Books is selling his personal collection of over 6,000 space related books.

Ivan Heads North

- NASA Hurricane Ivan Preparation Update 12 Sep 2004
- NASA SSC Status
- NASA Terra Satellite Image of Hurricane Ivan
- Storm Track, NOAA NHC
- Hurricane Ivan advisory, NOAA NHC

"MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 160 MPH...260 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH ARE EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS."

Editor's note: NASA held back one photo for obvious reasons ...

11 September 2001: Bad news from Earth, SpaceRef

"The news from Earth that morning wasn't good. Frank Culbertson would soon find that some of the day's pre-planned routine would be altered. As soon as he was told of the attacks, Culbertson checked to see when they would be passing over the east coast of the U.S. Discovering that this was only some minutes away, Culbertson grabbed a camera. The window in Mikhail Tyurin's cabin turned out to be the one with the best view."

Detailed VAB Damage Photos

7 September 2004: NASA Kennedy Space Center Cleans Up After Hurricane (photos)

"Assessment of KSC's landmark facility, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), shows about 820 panels were torn off during the storm. Initial review of the VAB's interior indicates no serious damage to equipment, including two Space Shuttle External Tanks. Engineers are continuing their damage assessment. The Thermal Protection System Facility, where Space Shuttle tile and blankets are manufactured, suffered significant damage. Work is under way to recover critical spaceflight material, such as tile molds, from exposed areas."

7 September 2004: Photos of Rep. Dave Weldon's Inspection of Hurricane Damage at NASA Kennedy Space Center

Reader suggestion: "Hey, just a thought... NASA should sell pieces of the VAB damage, like cut up the siding into smaller pieces and sell it. Wouldn't hurt to have some extra $, and let the public own a piece of space history..."

Hurricane Frances Slaps KSC

5 September 2004: What Has Frances done to NASA Kennedy Space Center - and its Employees?, SpaceRef

"... current plans call for a survey team to return to KSC around 7:00 AM EDT on Monday, 6 September. The hope is that they can provide an initial damage assessment by noon on Monday. NASA is not expected to make any official announcements until that assessment has been made."

2 September 2004: NEO News - Rusty Schweickart on Asteroid Deflection Technology

"What I fear there is that, within the community of researchers, there exists a de facto, and perhaps sub-conscious acceptance that the "default" method for future asteroid deflection will be via the use of nuclear explosives. My sense is that, while the current asteroid characterization work is both valuable and unquestionably needed, it comes up short of the detailed surface information needed by the "soft" deflection concepts."

Editor's note: Over the next few days we'll be bringing the new, upgraded NASA Watch online. This task includes making sure that previous information (in some cases dating back to 1996) can still be easily found. As such, please pardon any odd things you see appearing and then disappearing. We will try and limit these changes to the late evening hours.

As part of this upgrade we have also launched a new companion website Commercial Space Watch.


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