Lameduckitis – Mars, Bitch! Edition

From Holden:

Lawmakers cast doubts Thursday about the Bush administration’s decision to steer NASA toward lunar and planetary exploration while cutting back on some of the space agency’s science projects such as the Hubble telescope.

“Congress has never endorsed, in fact has never discussed, the vision,” House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., said in reference to President Bush’s January 2004 declaration that the United States would return humans to the moon in the next 10 to 15 years and ultimately launch manned flights to Mars and beyond.

Boehlert said he “stood and applauded” when the president made that speech, but that he was concerned that NASA was trying to do too much at once and not answering some basic questions about the future of the Hubble, the International Space Station, and the space shuttle.


[T]he top Democrat on the panel, Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., joined Boehlert in warning that there was no consensus in Congress about proposed changes in NASA’s priorities, which he said were “almost staggering in terms of magnitude.”