NASA Administrator Michael Griffin recently stated there is no tension between his NASA administration and President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. Obama's team is looking to collect information about the possibility of possibly grounding NASA's next moon mission, according to an article published in the Orlando Sentinel.
In the Orlando Sentinel article, Griffin described as not cooperating with Obama's team, and continues to obstruct their effort to learn where the U.S. space agency currently stands. Furthermore, Griffin reportedly dismissed Lori Garver, the Obama transition team's space leader, saying Garver is "unqualified" to analyze and assess the NASA rocket program.
Griffin said the article is "simply wrong," and said NASA will continue to work with the new administration.
"This report, largely supported by anonymous sources and hearsay, is simply wrong," Griffin told NASA employees in an e-mail after the Orlando Sentinel article was published.
"There is no natural tension," space historian John Logsdon told the Houston Chronicle. "The transition team is asking questions that are on everyone's mind. The NASA administrator is saying, 'Trust me. You don't need to ask these questions.' The transition team can't accept that response."
Griffin is not coaching NASA employees on what to say to the investigators, and he urges "full and free cooperation with the transition team," according to a NASA spokesperson.
Tensions will remain high as the U.S. space program moves into an unknown future, when the current generation of space shuttles will be retired. NASA will then have to rely on Russian spacecraft to get supplies and astronauts to the ISS, which has caused political tension among U.S. politicians weary of giving money to Russia, especially after its attack on Georgia.
quote: I still want an answer as to how Obama plans to fund his $700 trillion of new programs
quote: Take a look in the mirror conservatives .
quote: First. Where are these "Liberal" media sources? Only thing i can find would be www.liberal.ca . You know Liberal is another word for tolerant right?
quote: Government programs don't make you lazy. Thats like saying if you get a grant or loan or whatever for your school that your going to never go.
quote: If any political groups can be accurately described as liberal, its centrist Democrats and Libertarians
quote: But Democrats are hardly liberal on trade. They're very protectionist.
quote: As for tax policy, I guess Democrats are conservative, since liberal would be the one that leaves you free to keep your money?
quote: Government programs don't make you lazy. ... You sir need to get out of your country once in a while and learn about other cultures and other ways of doing things.
quote: wow. liberal media calls George W. Bush more names than an expectant mother can think of. They bash Bush for 8 years.
quote: I don't even call Obama a name, I just question his judgment on civil issues and you associate me with the same mind(less)set as those who hated Bush?
quote: The majority of the media tends to be on the side of fact and the truth.
quote: I guess if blatant lies so that a presidential candidate will get elected are now "facts" and "truthful" then yes the media is on the side of "fact" and "truth".
quote: Or for spreading blatant lies about how a successful military campaign is failing then yes they are truthful.
quote: Obama's team is looking to collect information about the possibility of possibly grounding
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quote: a) you'll be a tax payer
quote: b) you'll probably be unemployed.
quote: IF you're employed you'll be a tax payer.
quote: I certainly wouldn't expect to make $250,000 out of college. But six years down the road is another story.