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Mike Griffin – On The Record

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
March 11, 2005

10 March 2004: Statement By Michael D. Griffin – House Science Committee Hearing: “Perspectives on the President’s Vision for Space Exploration”

“With regard to the moon, I believe the experience to be gained by living on and exploring another planetary surface only a few days away from home will be invaluable to the successful conduct of a future Mars expedition. Certainly such experience is not essential; one can readily envision a Mars expedition architecture which does not employ any further lunar experience as a stepping stone. But because it can be envisioned does not make it wise. I personally consider it an act of technological hubris to proceed directly to Mars, with no human experience beyond Earth orbit having been incurred since 1972. It can be done, and it will be cheaper, but the risk to both the mission goals and to human life will be significantly higher.”

7 April 2004: Testimony of Michael Griffin, Senate Science, Technology, and Space Hearing: Near Earth Objects

6 October 2003: Prepared Statement of Dr. Michael D. Griffin: “The Future of Human Space Flight”

8 May 2003: Testimony of Michael D. Griffin Hearing on the NASA Orbital Space Plane Program

27 October 1999: Testimony of Michael Griffin before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Science

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