Policy: June 2009 Archives

Buzz Aldrin to NASA: U.S. Space Policy Is on the Wrong Track, Popular Mechanics

"Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has a problem with NASA's current manned space plan: Namely, the five-year gap between the shuttle's scheduled retirement next year and the debut of the Ares I rocket and the Orion spacecraft, which will take us no further than the moon--a place we've already been. Aldrin thinks NASA can do better. His plan is to scrap Ares I, stretch out the remaining six shuttle flights and fast-track the Orion to fly on a Delta IV or Atlas V. Then, set our sites on colonizing Mars. Here, Buzz challenges NASA to take on his bolder mission."

NASA Launches Human Space Flight Review Web Site for Public Use

"NASA is inviting the public to make its voice heard as a panel of experts undertakes an independent review of planned U.S. human space flight activities. NASA has created a Web site for the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee to facilitate a two-way conversation with the public about the future direction of the agency's space flight programs. In addition to providing documents and information, the site will allow the public to track committee activities, receive regular updates and provide input through Web 2.0 tools such as Twitter, Flickr, user-submitted questions, polls and RSS feeds. Additional features and content may be added as the committee's activities continue."

FDA Transparency Blog

"Providing information to the public in a user-friendly and timely manner is critically important to the work of the agency and its credibility with the public. I have formed a Transparency Task Force, chaired by Principal Deputy Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, to provide me with recommendations about how to make FDA and its processes more transparent to the public. If you have a suggestion about how to improve transparency at the agency, I encourage you to let the Task Force know by submitting or responding to a comment in the blog provided below. In addition to this blog you can also submit electronic comments to the federal register at www.regulations.gov, submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management, or attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in downtown DC with some members of the Task Force. Additional details about how you can engage with the Task Force can be found here. The first blog post is to inform you of this process and our policy. Thereafter, we will be asking for you feedback on specific topics."



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