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More Uncertainty About Post-Augustine NASA

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
August 20, 2009

Norm Augustine’s Report on NASA’s Bleak Future, ExecutiveBiz
“After just seven more missions to the International Space Station (ISS), the Space Shuttle will retire without a replacement. Ex-Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine, chair of the United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee review, has published his committee’s findings, and NASA’s budgetary future looks bleak. Augustine told PBS “the human space flight program really isn’t executable with the money we have.” Augustine has given the “White House a dilemma” of accepting the necessary increase in spending or continuing on a path that leads to severely constrained and delayed space exploration.”
NASA administrator talks about space program’s future, WAFF
“My answer always is the same – I don’t know,” he said. “A lot of people fear the Augustine report. I don’t. I don’t see a drastic change to how we approach [the space program.]”
NASA review panel options an unknown to space agency administrator, Huntsville Times
“The future has to include encouraging young people to become engineers and scientists. “When I would visit schools in the ’80s and ’90s,” Bolden told the crowd of about 2,000 people, “I would ask students ‘Who wants to be an astronaut?’ Nearly every hand in the room would go up. Now, when I visit schools, maybe two or three hands go up. “We have to reach them. … I want every hand in that room to go up.”

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