White House Orders Review of NASA Space Plans

By: Seth Borenstein
By: Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.

Officials want a report from an independent panel by August. White House science adviser John Holdren said Thursday that the new panel will look at the design of new spacecraft to replace the space shuttle and go to the moon. He said it will also examine the five-year gap between the shuttle and the new moon vehicles. During that time, NASA would have to rely on the Russians for space travel.

NASA has already spent $6.9 billion on its plan to return to the moon. The review team will be headed by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine (Augus-TEEN).

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