Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stick to the Vision, Coats says

Augustine's Committee hears from Houston

Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle
The United States needs to stick with the vision laid out in 2004 by President Bush to first go to the moon, and then Mars, the director of Houston's Johnson Space Center today told a committee that will recommend options on the future of human spaceflight to the White House.

"We have changed directions too many times over too many administrations," Mike Coats said during the daylong meeting. "We need to pick a direction, frankly, and stick with it for a while."

The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, led by Norman Augustine, former chairman of Lockheed Martin, has until Aug. 31 to deliver its report to President Barack Obama.

Coats' sentiment was echoed by Steve Lindsey, chief of the astronaut office at Johnson Space Center, who said he wasn't sure the space agency could survive another canceled human spaceflight program.

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