Bolden Takes Heat for Rough Rollout of New Space Policy

NASA Chief Takes Blame for Budget Backlash

NASA chief Charles Bolden said Saturday that he takes full responsibility for the shock and surprise from employees and lawmakers after learning that President Barack Obama had cancelled the space agency’s plan to build new spaceships to send astronauts back to the moon.

Bolden, a retired Marine Corps general and former space shuttle commander, told reporters it was his fault the Monday announcement from the Obama administration caught people inside and outside the space agency off guard.

“You’re looking at the guy responsible. I will take the heat,” said Bolden, who spoke on the eve of the planned Sunday launch of the shuttle Endeavour from the Kennedy Space Center here….

Bolden said that NASA could have better prepared its employees and members of Congress, some of whom have spoken out emphatically against the new plan.

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