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Augustine Looks Back – and Forward

By Keith Cowing
May 5, 2011
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Is our space vision still shortsighted?, MSNBC
“I think with regard to this year’s budget, the match is reasonable,” [Norm] Augustine said. “But if we’re to have a program of the type that we described as attractive in the report that we put out, there’s not enough money in the out years to do it. The question is whether we’ll add that money in the out years or not. If we don’t have it, then we’re probably pursuing the wrong program. If we add the money, then this will be the right program, in my judgment.” What does he think it will take? “Unless that money is increased by about $3 billion a year, real dollars, over what it was at the time we did our study, then this whole thing is very tenuous,” he said. “But if that funding is made available … the path we’re on so far is very consistent with what I think most of us would see as a sensible program.”

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