The NASA Whisperers
But how well will the galaxy's leading space agency hear the recent rounds of criticism? For now, NASA will make a point of "nonconcurring."
For the SLP record . . .
- Government Accountability Office's (GAO) reports unfavorably, to say the least, on the CEV program - NASA: Long-Term Commitment to and Investment in Space Exploration Program Requires More Knowledge (GAO-06-817R, July 17, 2006) This document includes, as enclosure I, NASA deputy administrator Shana Dale's response, dated July 6, 2006)
- Congresspeople pile on.
- Space Frontier Foundation slams NASA with an 18-page white paper, Unaffordable and Unsustainable? Signs of Failure in NASA's Earth-to-orbit Transportation Strategy (July 25, 2006)
- Much blogspace commentary on all this (which I won't individually link here, except to note that Keith Cowing calls the negative reports a wakeup call).
So what's next? Well, Congressional hearings, of course.