Lovell and Kranz on Obama Space: Meh!

United Launch Alliance's configurations for launch commercial crew vehicles on Delta IV and Atlas V vehicles. (Credit: United Launch Alliance)

Spacing out – Ex-NASA officials: Agency plans off-track
Armarillo Globe-News

The country’s political leaders have lost the direction of the space program.

Jim Lovell made that comment before he and Gene Kranz were slated to deliver the keynote address for West Texas A&M University’s centennial convocation Friday night. Also before the convocation, both men spoke to science and engineering students at WT…


Lovell supports commercialization, but worries the government will waste money by investing in unproven initiatives. “I think they’ve lost the direction,” the astronaut said.

Kranz said one of NASA’s main objectives upon its creation was exploration. He said it appears the country’s leaders are “shelving” the technology and manpower available for travel. “We as a nation want to continue to explore the business of exploration,” he said. “You want to extend your life there.”

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