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Griffin Does Approps

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
May 16, 2005

AIP FYI#69: New NASA Administrator Appears Before Senate Appropriators

” Griffin told the senators that the concerns of the science community had been heard, and NASA was reexamining its portfolio. Regarding science spending generally, Griffin declared that NASA “would not cut science to fund manned space flight,” and that needed money would have to come from within the manned space flight program.”

Prepared Statement of Michael Griffin before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science

“Identifying offsets needed to fund these items has created some difficult choices for the Agency. Given a choice, I generally favor eliminating lower-priority programs rather than reducing all programs in the face of budget difficulties, because this allows for the more efficient execution of the programs which remain. Thus, we must set clear priorities to remain within the budget which has been allocated.”

Letter to Sen. Shelby regarding Operating Plan update (PDF)
FY 2005 Operating Plan Update (PDF)

New NASA Boss Pushes to Replace Shuttle, AP

“Additional money could be saved by putting off research at the international space station _ such as experiments geared toward long-term moon stays or Mars habitation _ and possibly eliminating the handful of shuttle flights needed to fly that equipment, Griffin said. Eighteen shuttle missions are currently on the books to finish building the space station, along with 10 supply runs for a grand total of 28.”

More Financing for Shuttle and Hubble as Space Agency Revises Its Budget, NY Times

“NASA cannot afford everything that’s on its plate today,” Dr. Griffin said at a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. “We cannot afford to do everything at once.”

Editor’s note: That is why the VSE, as originally presented, spread things out such that you could continue with all of NASA’s portfolio – instead of the wholesale gutting of things which seems to be where is Griffin now headed.

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