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Nottingham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 01:04 PM
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In search of a mission
In search of a mission
After latest shuttle calamity, NASA must rethink its reason for being
By TONY FREEMANTLE and MIKE TOLSON
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle

Shortly after the second tragic event of his presidency, George W. Bush flew to Houston to lead the nation in mourning. Wearing a black suit and grim expression, he stood under a cloudless sky at Johnson Space Center and did the only thing he could: invoke the language of sacrifice.

Bush eulogized the seven Columbia astronauts individually and said all died in the noble service of exploration and discovery. Moments later he expressed "unbroken faith" in NASA's mission. The president had come to the home of human spaceflight to offer not just comfort but resolve. The American space program, he vowed, will go on.

With families of the astronauts in tears before him and the remains of Columbia still scattered across a swath of East Texas, it seemed like the least Bush could do. Five months later, on the eve of an official report that could prompt a sweeping re-evaluation of NASA's plan for human spaceflight, the promise could prove more challenging than anyone imagined.

Twice before, the space agency dealt with human tragedy and moved on, making changes to hardware and management practices. There was no widespread clamor for a new direction or a call to justify the mission at hand.


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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory/20026...

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This is kinda sad! I bet NASA will be placed under control of the Military. You just watch!


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