NASA to Review Human Space Flight Activities

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NASA to Review Human Space Flight Activities


The White House said it would organize a review of human space flight activities at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and President Obama nominated a new leadership team for the agency.

On May 23, Obama nominated Gen. Charles Bolden as the next administrator of NASA. Bolden, who flew four times on the space shuttle, would be the second astronaut at the helm of the agency and the first African American. The president also nominated former NASA official and campaign adviser Lori Garver as deputy administrator.

On May 7, John Holdren, the president's science advisor and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), said an independent review commission will be chaired by Norman Augustine, a former Lockheed Martin chief executive who led a NASA review in 1990. NASA acting administrator Christopher Scolese will name the other members of the panel in consultation with OSTP.

Holdren said the commission would assess how best to support use of the International Space Station and planned missions to the Moon and other destinations; how to stimulate commercial space flight capabilities; and how best to fit NASA exploration activities into the agency's budget. …

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