Skeptics put Glenn, NASA under the microscope
"Skeptics put Glenn, NASA under the microscope"
: "There's been some suggestion that this assignment is a political
: payoff of some sort," an aviation reporter said to Glenn.
: "That your performance at the Senate hearings on campaign finance
: reform impressed the White House and that this is a reward for that
: performance, if you will."
: "It's probably harmless," Roland says, "but it trivializes the space
: program. It seems as if they've got nothing better to do than send up
: an old, outdated senator."
: But the agency depends on the president and Congress for its funding.
: While Goldin says President Clinton knew nothing about Glenn's
: selection until after Goldin had made the decision, one does not get
: to be the administrator of a major federal agency in Washington
: without having the big picture clearly in focus.
It appears that Alan Ladwig, NASA's Associate Administrator for Policy
and Plans agrees that Sen. Glenn's flight did not originate with NASA
rather the White House.
> Mark --
> Since I lost the battle on this one, it is my responsibilty to support
> the NASA position. However, I agree with the points in your note to Karen.
> Alan Ladwig
> Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans
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."