Policy: July 2006 Archives

NASA's Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet, NY Times

"In early February, the statement was quietly altered, with the phrase "to understand and protect our home planet" deleted. In this year's budget and planning documents, the agency's mission is "to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."

NASA's Mission (1 Letter) [by Mike Griffin], NY Times

"Deletion of the phrase "protect our home planet" from the 2006 strategic plan brought it into alignment with our statutory responsibilities and actual capabilities. Indeed, it was not clear that inclusion of the phrase made sense in the first place, since it raised questions that NASA is not able to address."

Editor's note: Oh c'mon, Mike, this is just silly. The things that your predecessor did had the same White House approval as the things that you say and do today. OMB and OSTP go over all this policy stuff with a fine toothed comb before they sign off on releasing these plans - and you know it. The previous wording was just as much "in alignment" with the mood the White House was in at the time - when your Deputy Administrator worked there. If it wasn't they never would have signed off on the original document in the first place.

As for what the phrase "protecting our home planet" means, it would certainly seem that these folks - and Congress - understand what part of the phrase entails (in addition to the officially taboo 'theory' of global warming).

Near-Earth Object Detection, Characterization, and Threat Mitigation Workshop

NEO News (06/30/06) XP14 and NASA NEO Workshop, NASA ARC

"On June 26-29, nearly one hundred scientists, engineers, astronauts, and managers from NASA, industry, and academia met in Colorado for an informal workshop to discuss how best to respond to NASA's new Congressional mandate to survey and characterize sub-km-diameter NEAs in order to understand and mitigate the threat of impacts by such objects."

Unaffordable and Unsustainable: NASA's Failing Earth-to-orbit Transportation Strategy - A Policy White Paper of the Space Frontier Foundation

"In developing this strategy, NASA has apparently ignored key elements of the White House's Space Exploration Policy and several critical recommendations of the President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy ("President's Commission"). Instead of planning its exploration transportation in a way that maximizes economic (and national security) benefit, NASA is working with its incumbent contractors to develop a series of government-designed and owned space exploration transportation systems to service ISS as well as explore the Moon."

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GMU Short Course on The U.S. Government Space Sector

"For the fourth year George Mason University, with the co-sponsorship of the American Astronautical Society and the Space Foundation, is offering a short course on "The U.S. Government Space Sector". Developed by the George Mason University School of Public Policy, Center for Aerospace Policy Research, the course will provide an overview of the departments and agencies, both civil and military, involved with U.S. Government space programs."



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