Re: NSS Statement on Glenn
A reasonable response. But why is NSS mincing words here?
It is obvious to everyone that this is pure political quid-pro-quo by
the White House for Sen. Glenn's disgraceful performance in the Senate's
campaign finance reform hearings.
The question should be asked of the White House, "how much real aging,
cancer, etc. research will be cut from NIH's budget in order to pay for
Sen. Glen's space junket?
You are correct that this is a slap in the face to the American people
who will now see NASA as the political tool that it is. Hopefully NSS
will send a stronger message to the White House, NASA Headquarters, the
NIH and Sen. Glenn's office asking them to reconsider this patently bad
idea. Sen. Glenn once had our admiration for his accomplishments in
space. It would be a shame for that to be overshadowed by such a
blatent abuse of power.
PS: If Sen. Glenn really want's to go into space again, I'm sure
Celestis would oblige him.
> [ NSS-Discuss message from KRUG4SPACE <KRUG4SPACE@xxxxxxx> ]
> TO: Activists
> FYI: The world is abuzz about John Glenn today. NSS HQ has been beseiged
> with media requests for comment and reaction and speculation. The following
> is our official statement as of today. We will be issuing another statement
> as soon as word comes from the floor of the press conference. If and when you
> are speaking for NSS on this subject, please use the following:
> National Space Society Statement on Possibility of John Glenn Shuttle Flight
> (Washington, DC) -- January 15, 1998 -- In response to rumors that NASA will
> announce at 12 noon tomorrow that former astronaut and now Senator John Glenn
> will fly aboard a future shuttle, Ms. Pat Dasch, executive director for the
> National Space Society (NSS) today said:
> "We are anxiously awaiting NASA's rationale for flying Glenn, if that is what
> they are announcing. From a biomedical standpoint, the Senator represents a
> sample of an entirely new segment of the population. His flight would involve
> new experiments to answer the questions of how an older person reacts in
> space. In seeing these results, will we see things we can apply to making
> older people more comfortable on Earth?
> However, we believe that NASA should not make a decision about Glenn without
> having also decided whether the same opportunity will be available for those
> civilians who have already trained to go into space, including Barbara Morgan,
> Christa McAuliffe's back-up. We would welcome a 'Glenn is go' decision if it
> marks a policy change at NASA on flying civilians. Restarting NASA's
> Civilians in Space program would make it possible for experts in different
> areas, who are not career astronauts, to accelerate development of a true
> spacefaring civilization. If giving Glenn the green light is an exception to
> the rule, we want to know why."
> The National Space Society is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy
> organization with headquarters in Washington, DC. Its 25,000 members and 95
> chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. For
> more information on the NSS and our future in space, visit
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Mark Reiff <mreiff1@xxxxxxxxxx>
Gratuitous political statement, look here ->
"I think we are all trying too hard to push space
versus finding the pulls that attract people and their money."
"The heavens reward great deeds, not excuses."