President Obama will speak live at 5:15 pm ET with the crew on the space station. Tune in to NASA TV to watch.
News: February 2010 Archives
Keith'snote: The NASA 2010 PM Challenge is underway today and tomorrow. According to NASA: "The PM Challenge is one of NASA's premier training events. It brings together the best speakers, discussion panels, case studies, and networking opportunities in program/project management, systems engineering, safety & mission assurance, team building, business management, and many others." Participants are Twittering from inside the event. You can follow their Tweets here.
"NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats will be available for a roundtable discussion with media at 2:30 p.m. CST today, Monday, Feb. 8, at the Johnson Space Center. Bolden and Coats will discuss the fiscal year 2011 budget request and bold new developments in the nation's civil space effort. Media planning to attend should contact the JSC newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than noon CST.
The event will not be broadcast on NASA Television. For more information on NASA and its programs, visit: www.nasa.gov"
Keith's update: These comments (Tweets) were posted by a NASA employee during (and about) an official NASA event during the course of their work day. Astro_Sugar is now protecting their Tweets but you can still read them here. Earlier in the day these Tweets were made without any protection and were reteweeted and referenced by other NASA employees during work hours. Members of the media are also among this person's followers before I made mention of them. I was asked to remove mention of this from NASA Watch but due to the public nature of these Tweets and the fact that people were readily telling others about them I decided to leave the link intact. These comments were overtly public. Those postings (Tweets) aprovide a nice snapshot of Charlie Bolden's employee interactions today at NASA JSC.
"The head of Nasa, Major General Charlie Bolden, admitted last night that the task of breaking the news of Constellation's proposed cancellation to staff at the space agency's 10 centres had been badly handled. "Was it screwed up? Yes it was," he said, confessing that he had ignored advice from aides that might have made for a smoother presentation. "I didn't listen to people," he added."
Bolden in for a battle, Florida Today
"A popular former astronaut, Bolden said he made a mistake by failing to brief Congress on President Barack Obama's new plan before the rollout Monday of the White House's proposed 2011 budget. "I don't fool myself that I have not injured some relationships. And so my task now is to try to go in and repair those former, incredibly good relationships because of my ineptness in rolling out this plan."
"I thought I knew better, to be quite honest," he said. "So, we rolled out the budget and rolled out everything in the manner we did. Was it screwed up? Yes. So, I learned a valuable lesson."
The right way forward on space exploration, OpEd, James Cameron, Washington Post
"... the president and NASA have crafted a bold plan that truly makes possible this nation's dreams for space. Their plan calls for the full embrace of commercial solutions for transporting astronauts to low Earth orbit after the space shuttle is retired this year. This frees NASA to do what it does best: deep space exploration, both robotic and human. By selecting commercial solutions for transportation to the international space station, NASA is empowering American free enterprise to do what it does best: develop technology quickly and efficiently in a competitive environment."
Keith's note: The director of the highest grossing movie of all time - a movie overtly about space exploration, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council, writes a glowing OpEd in a prominent national newspaper in support of the new White House's space policy - and yet NASA cannot find a way to make mention of it - any where? Not even a single Twitter posting? At a time when a lot of people are hammering NASA and the Administration over this new space policy, one would think that NASA would be looking for good news wherever they could find it. Guess not.
James Cameron Endorses Commercial Spaceflight, New NASA Plan, Commercial Spaceflight Federation