Latest Michael Griffin Stories

2005-06-30 21:11:27

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA announced on Thursdayit planned to launch on July 13 its first space shuttle missionsince the 2003 Columbia disaster, saying the agency had doneeverything it could to fix the problems that led to theaccident. "We believe this is the cleanest flight we have ever done,"NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told reporters after atwo-day flight review, while acknowledging that all spaceflight carries risks. "It's risky; we've done what we can do to minimize...

2005-06-28 13:20:00

WASHINGTON -- U.S. astronauts will blast back into space in a matter of weeks, the head of NASA said Tuesday, despite a new, critical report questioning the safety of this exploration. The optimistic assessment from NASA administrator Michael Griffin came after a task force review said Monday that the agency failed to meet key safety recommendations the came about as a result of the Columbia tragedy. "We look like we're in pretty good shape. ... Based on what I know now, we're ready to go,"...

2005-06-15 07:17:46

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's new boss is changing his top officers as the space agency races toward meeting President Bush's goal of sending astronauts to the moon in a decade or so and later on to Mars. Administrator Michael Griffin, on the job for just two months, wants to speed up development of a shuttle replacement and is putting people in the job who share that objective. A NASA spokesman says such sweeping changes are normal in changing regimes. Toward that end, Griffin...

2005-06-13 12:02:12

LE BOURGET, France (Reuters) -- The next mission to land a man on the moon will take place in 2015 at the earliest, the new chief of the United States' space program said on Monday, adding the mission could be followed by the construction of a multinational space station there. But NASA has not yet decided what vehicles will be used to reach the moon, or what will succeed the aging space shuttle fleet, which is due to be retired in 2010. "I don't have a specific date, but sometime between...

2005-06-11 10:08:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin plans to oust about 20 space agency officials by mid-August, including two leaders of the program making final preparations for the space shuttle's first trip in more than two years, the Washington Post reported in Saturday's edition. Griffin wants to build a less political and more scientifically oriented team to implement President Bush's plan to return humans to the moon by 2020 and eventually send them to Mars, the paper said,...

2005-05-12 18:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's new boss made an impassioned case Thursday for speeding up development of a new spacecraft so that the United States will not lose access to space when the shuttle is retired, but warned something else will have to be sacrificed. Administrator Michael Griffin told a Senate subcommittee in Washington that to cover the cost of the shuttle replacement's accelerated debut, he may be forced to delay some space station and exploration research. "We can't do...

2005-04-18 19:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, promised Monday to leave "absolutely no stone unturned" in deciding whether it's safe to launch Discovery next month - the first space shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster. Discovery is scheduled to blast off as early as May 15. That date is in question because of a critical engineering review and stack of paperwork that still need to be completed. The review is scheduled for Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center, and...

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