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NASA Asks Augustine to Point the Way

Science  22 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5930, pp. 999
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_999a

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This month, Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, agreed to lead a 90-day review of NASA's human space flight program. The 73-year-old aeronautics engineer has a sterling reputation for providing impartial and useful advice on science policy. This time around, presidential science adviser John Holdren and acting NASA Administrator Christopher Scolese want Augustine to review the space "vision" laid out by President George W. Bush in January 2004. Augustine emphasized that he didn't want to speak for the commission, whose members are expected to be named shortly, but he did share his thoughts with Science on a number of issues that the panel is likely to tackle.