[FPSPACE] NASA Moon Plans Drifting to the Right a Little
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Mon Mar 5 14:53:21 EST 2007
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But in plotting out the replanting of astronaut boots on the Moon, extensive
use of pre-human lunar robotics doesnt look to be in the financial cards.
Im not real optimistic, Griffin told the scientists regarding any robot
craft after NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission in late 2008.
At the Tempe gathering, Griffin also said the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle
(CEV) project was budget-starved. That translates into the CEV not being
ready until late 2014 - no earlier, under the best case, he said. By the
time the NASA head winged his way back to Washington, D.C. to testify before
Congress, the CEV readiness had slipped into 2015. Must be those
hard-to-open airplane peanuts that gave Griffin extra time to number-crunch
the CEV slip.
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