Augustine to Head Up Review of NASA Constellation Program

NASA's Ares I rocket lifts off in this artist's conception. (Credit: NASA)
NASA's Ares I rocket lifts off in this artist's conception. (Credit: NASA)

New Panel Will Review NASA’s Shift in Spaceflight
The New York Times

The Obama administration announced Thursday that an independent panel would take a “fresh look” at NASA’s human spaceflight program, a step that could lead to the scuttling of next-generation rockets or an affirmation of the agency’s direction.

The review will be led by Norman Augustine, a former chief executive of Lockheed Martin who led a major review of the space program in 1990. The panel will consist of about 10 members appointed by Christopher Scolese, the acting NASA administrator, after consultation with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“They will represent experienced leaders in spaceflight and related fields,” said Michael Cabbage, a NASA spokesman. The panel is to report its findings by the end of August.

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