NASA refocuses to align with Bush's Mars visionNASA refocuses to align with Bush's Mars vision
President Bush set a new course for the troubled space program in January 2004 -- his own version of President Kennedy's Apollo Project -- intending to inspire America's stargazing youths. Man would return to the moon by the year 2020, he said. "We will then be ready to take the next steps in space exploration: human missions to Mars and to worlds beyond." "The human thirst for knowledge ultimately cannot be satisfied even by the most vivid of pictures," Mr. Bush told a crowd at NASA's headquarters. "We need to see and examine and touch for ourselves."
NASA Chief to KSC: Shuttles' End is Coming
New NASA administrator Mike Griffin, visiting Kennedy Space Center today, made it clear the shuttle would be replaced, and soon. "I report to the president," he told journalists. "The president has said we’re retiring the orbiter by 2010, and that’s what we’re doing." The agency should have a transition plan ready by summer’s end, he said, that would outline how much of the International Space Station might actually be finished by the time the shuttles are done.