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February 04, 2003

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 2

Well at least
this one has names attached that can be easily verified.

The Nelson in the excerpt below is Don Nelson, who "served as a [NASA] mission operations evaluator for proposed advanced space transportation projects"

Yesterday Nelson told The Observer that he feared the Columbia disaster was the culmination of 'disastrous mismanagement' by Nasa's most senior officials and would inevitably lead to the moratorium he was calling for.

'I became concerned about safety issues in Nasa after Challenger. I think what happened is that very slowly over the years Nasa's culture of safety became eroded.

'But when I tried to raise my concerns with Nasa's new administrator, I received two reprimands for not going through the proper channels, which discouraged other people from coming forward with their concerns. When it came to an argument between a middle-ranking engineer and the astronauts and administration, guess who won.


See, I can't, yet, bring myself to blame anyone. NASA's budget with relation to the International Space Station have been going through the roof, so to speak. It is unclear where the money is going, though only a small percentage of NASA's budget goes toward the human flight space program.

The families have been amazingly gracious in their support for their family members and the space program. They have been graceful and gracious.

UPDATE 01:19. interesting detailCongress last year was unable to agree on a federal budget for the current fiscal year that began four months ago and is still working on the matter. As a result, the increases and decreases cited in Bush's new proposal are comparisons to the White House's request a year ago, not to an actual budget.