I Think We All Saw This Coming December 5, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
Remembering that Charles Bolden said this a few years ago:
“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.
…it’s no surprise that people are saying this today:
NASA is adrift without a coherent vision for where it should be going, an independent panel of space, science and engineering experts says.
But the report by the National Academy of Sciences doesn’t blame the space agency. It faults the president, Congress and the nation for not giving NASA clear direction. At the same time, the report said NASA is doing little to further the stated goal of the White House to send astronauts to a nearby asteroid.
Panel member Bob Crippen, a retired NASA manager and astronaut who piloted the first space shuttle mission, said he has never seen the space agency so adrift.
Oh, the President gave clear direction all right. Yes indeedy. It was just direction that nothing whatsoever to do with NASA’s real mission.
So they don’t have one.