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Leaked to the Orlando Sentinel, an email written by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin is raising serious eyebrows... all over the world. Read the following missives (and Griffin's public addendum) to see why...
From: Griffin, Michael D. (HQ-AA000)
Sent: Monday, August 18 2008 6:26 PM
To: Cline, Lynn (HQ-CA000)
Cc: Dale, Shana (HQ-AB000); Scolese, Christopher J. (HQ-AI000); Morerell, Paul (HQ-AA000); Gerstenmaier, William H. (HQ-CA000); Gilbrech, RIchard J. (HQ-BA000); SHank, Christopher M. (HQ-AA000); O'Brien, Michael F. (HQ-TA000)
Subject: RE: NAC Agenda
Exactly as I predicted, events have unfolded in a way that makes it clear how unwise it was for he US to adopt a policy of deliberate dependance upon another power for access to ISS. In a rational world, we would have been allowed to pick a Shuttle retirement date to be consistent with Ares/Orion availability, we would have been asked to deploy Ares/Orion as early as possible (rather than "not later than 2014") and we would have been provided the necessary budget to make it so. I realize that no one on this distribution disagrees with me on this point, I'm just saying it again, that's all.
Statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Aug. 18 Email
The following is the complete statement of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin regarding the Aug. 18 email published by the Orlando Sentinel:
The leaked internal email fails to provide the contextual framework for my remarks, and my support for the administration's policies. Administration policy is to retire the shuttle in 2010 and purchase crew transport from Russia until Ares and Orion are available. The administration continues to support our request for an INKSNA exemption. Administration policy continues to be that we will take no action to preclude continued operation of the International Space Station past 2016. I strongly support these administration policies, as do OSTP and OMB.
CAPE CANAVERAL - In congressional testimony and speeches across the country, NASA Administrator Mike Griffin has presented the Bush administration's space policy as under pressure but on track to returning humans to the moon by 2020. His public face has been steadfast.
But privately, the agency chief is far less certain.
In a remarkably candid internal e-mail to top advisers obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Griffin lashed out last month at the White House for what he called a "jihad" to shut down the space shuttle, expressed frustration at the lack of funding for a new moon rocket -- and despaired about the future of America's human-spaceflight program.
The tone of the note depicts a man watching as his finely crafted plans for a revitalized space-faring NASA appear to be melting before his eyes.
Originally posted by vance
Oh and for the OP Zargon. I am finding a bit of difficulty in the "startling' part of your thread post. I have seen the leaked info before but found nothing quite startling about any of it. Could use your guidance.
Originally posted by vance
Could use your guidance.Thanks,
Originally posted by CAPT PROTON
NASA has an annoying habit of trying to reinvent the wheel.
Originally posted by welivefortheson
basiclly our enemies dont want anyone in space in 2012 when they attempt to wipe humanity out with various doomsday weapons theyve been building for 60 years.
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
They should come clean and admit to the secret shuttle and space launch program they have had up and running from the early 1970s. Then we would see NASA go 'wow look, we do have military access to space after all' and be all amazed at this program and its ability to haul massive loads into space.
But they never will admit that now would they? Buzz Aldrin has a few answers to this puzzle. Wonder if he will ever spill the beans?
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
They need to partner further with Scientology. That way, space exploration will naturally discover its true course.