Space News is reporting that an “ad hoc” panel of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking into possible NASA Field Center closures. This is a codeword for “downsizing”. If NASA is to survive this must happen sooner rather than later. Here is a brief portion of the article:
The ad hoc panel of the National Research Council (NRC) has its origins in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 (H.R. 2112), which funded NASA and other federal agencies. The law set aside $1 million for the NASA inspector general “to commission a comprehensive independent assessment of NASA’s strategic direction and agency management.”
PRESS RELEASE: TEA Party in Space (TPIS) Congratulates the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA
May 22, 2012, 2011 —– For Immediate Release
TEA Party in Space
President, TEA Party in Space
(Hawthorne CA) — TEA Party in Space (TPIS), a non-partisan organization, congratulates the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA for a beautiful night time launch and successful start to the COTS 2+ mission. The launch marks a promising beginning to this final, challenging demonstration mission for SpaceX.
There is serious confusion on the political right about what is happening with our nation's space program. Mr. Cal Thomas, who I have the utmost respect for, authored a piece entitled China's JFK Moment which you can read here. I would like to engage Mr. Thomas, not with attacks and hyperbole, but with conservative values and data which certain republicans in congress refuse to acknowledge. It is a truth many conservative republicans do not wish to hear for it makes them think about what they are supporting, and if we are intellectually honest, they will realize what looks like a conservative policy on the outside is nothing more that socialist policies wrapped in conservatism.