Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal
Syracuse University public policy professor W. Henry Lambright, who wasn’t part of the latest study but has written about space policy, said Obama has not sold NASA, Congress or the country on his plan.
‘‘I really think it’s Obama’s fault,’’ Lambright said. NASA ‘‘is suffering from benign neglect.’’
American University policy professor Howard McCurdy, who also wasn’t on the panel, said he sees the problem more as a lack of money than a lack of goals.
The report said NASA does not have enough money for its too many projects and has difficulty managing its 10 centers efficiently.
In his statement, NASA’s Weaver said: ‘‘We’re fully utilizing the International Space Station; developing a heavy-lift rocket and multi-purpose crew vehicle capable of taking American astronauts into deep space; facilitating development of commercial capabilities for cargo and crew transport to low Earth orbit; expanding our technological capabilities for the human and robotic missions of today and tomorrow; pursuing a robust portfolio of science missions such as the James Webb Space Telescope; developing faster and cleaner aircraft and inspiring the next generation of exploration leaders.’’
Smith said that statement itself shows the problem: ‘‘If it takes you that many phrases to explain it, then you do not have a crisp, clear strategic vision.’’
The report: http://bit.ly/TI405v
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