Latest Michael Griffin Stories

2008-09-26 00:10:00

NASA's leader believes mankind's very survival depends on the advancement of space exploration. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin talked about the issue on the 50th anniversary of the US space agency. Griffin said, this journey is full of unknowns and has only just begun. "Does the survival of human kind depend upon it? I think so," he said. Griffin said the first walk on the Moon was like Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. "He traveled for months...

2008-09-16 09:00:08

By MARC KAUFMAN By Marc Kaufman The Washington Post WASHINGTON NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has clashed repeatedly with the White House in recent months - a rift that escalated when budget officials heavily edited a statement he was submitting to Congress about China's space ambitions and spilled into the open last week in a leaked e-mail that accused the budget office of doing "everything possible" to walk away from the $100 billion international space station. Despite...

2008-09-12 13:00:00

NASA chief Michael Griffin in an e-mail admitted to being "about as pessimistic as it is possible to be" about NASA's future presence on the International Space Station. For safety and cost reasons, US policy is set to retire the space shuttle fleet in 2010, which is 5 years before replacement ships will be ready to takeover the job of ferrying crews to the ISS. The European Space Agency (ESA) had joined NASA in designing a station crew-return vehicle based on the X-38 experimental craft,...

2008-08-31 10:00:00

By The Associated Press NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has ordered his top officials to study how the agency could fly the space shuttle beyond its planned retirement in 2010, according to an internal e-mail obtained by The Orlando Sentinel. The decision signals what could be a huge change in NASA policy. Griffin steadfastly opposed extending the shuttle era beyond its 2010 retirement date, arguing it could kill astronauts and cripple the agency's fledgling Constellation program, a...

2008-08-30 15:10:00

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said he wants to know if the U.S. space shuttle can fly beyond its planned retirement in 2010, an e-mail shows. The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Saturday that an e-mail it obtained reveals Griffin ordered his staff to research the question. Previously, Griffin has argued against using the shuttle beyond 2010. He has said doing so could endanger astronauts and threaten NASA's fledgling Constellation program, a system of new rockets and capsules intended...

2008-08-30 12:05:00

By Associated Press NASA's staff will study whether the space shuttle program could continue operating past its scheduled retirement in 2010, according to an internal e-mail sent this week. The e-mail obtained by The Orlando Sentinel describes NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's order for a study to determine if the shuttle could fly until 2015, when NASA's next-generation space platform is expected to be completed. "We want to focus on helping bridge the gap of U.S. vehicles traveling to...

2008-07-24 15:30:00

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) hosted NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Secretary of Agriculture Edward T. Schafer during the signing of a memorandum of understanding to enable the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to conduct plant related research on the International Space Station. The research will improve our understanding of biological cellular mechanisms and may lead to creative new ways to improve American agriculture, protect the environment and...

2008-07-17 18:00:14

WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Thursday announced that Rob Strain will be the next center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Strain is currently the head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. He will assume his duties as center director on Aug. 4. Goddard Space Flight Center is located approximately 6 miles northeast of Washington, near the Capital...

2008-07-16 12:50:00

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said China might be the next nation to complete a manned mission to the moon. And while NASA has plans to use its new Orion spacecraft to follow up on its 1972 Apollo 17 manned lunar mission, it may very well be the case that Chinese astronauts will be the next to reach the moon. "Certainly it is possible that if China wants to put people on the Moon, and if it wishes to do so before the United States, it certainly can. As a matter of technical capability,...

2008-02-29 09:05:00

NASA's proposed mission to send a nuclear-powered rover to Mars by 2009 is facing funding and developmental problems which may force its launch date to be pushed back. In a congressional hearing this month, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said that preliminary tests revealed that the heat shield on the Mars Science Laboratory would be unable to survive its prospective entrance through the Martian atmosphere. NASA chose to use a heat shield that is similar in composition to the one used by...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'