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Mary Cleave: Clueless in Houston

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
March 15, 2006

LPSC: The natives are restless, Nature News Blog

“This comes up again in the meeting, with Cleave countering that astrobiology was not being killed, “just slowed down.” An audience member disagrees, saying that it is the biggest threat to their science in a generation. Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society stood up to announce that they were launching a ‘Save Our Science’ campaign. At one point, Cleave became so frustrated she said, “I don’t understand why you’re so angry.” The response was gales of bitter laughter.”

Scientists sound off on NASA budget, Astronomy

“[Glenn] MacPherson said NASA’s new organizational structure left him feeling more isolated from the planning process, adding there was a “science vacuum” on the top floor of NASA headquarters in Washington. Both laughter and applause followed.

“I don’t understand why you’re so angry. We really care about this program,” said Cleave.”

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