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Re: MICHAEL GRIFFIN TAKES THE HELM AS NASA ADMINISTRATOR



Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

>Dean Acosta/Bob Jacobs
>Headquarters, Washington                           April 14, 2005
>(Phone: 202/358-1898/1600)
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>MICHAEL GRIFFIN TAKES THE HELM AS NASA ADMINISTRATOR
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>     Michael D. Griffin reported to work today as NASA's 11th Administrator. Administrator Griffin becomes the leader of the agency on the day the Expedition 11 crew is set to launch to the International Space Station. The Administrator was confirmed late Wednesday night by the U.S. Senate. An official swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled later.
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>"I have great confidence in the team that will carry out our nation's exciting, outward-focused, destination-oriented program," said Griffin. "In the coming days, I'll be spending a good deal of my time reviewing our progress toward returning the Space Shuttle safely to flight. I will also be reviewing the activities of our mission directorates and our various supporting functions. I share with the agency a great sense of privilege that we have been given the wonderful opportunity to extend humanity's reach throughout the solar system."
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>During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the U.S. Senate, the Administrator stated his priorities, consistent with the President's Vision for Space Exploration will be:
>* Fly the Space Shuttle as safely as possible until its retirement, not later than 2010
>* Bring a new Crew Exploration Vehicle into service as soon as possible after the Space Shuttle is retired
>* Develop a balanced overall program of science, exploration and aeronautics at NASA, consistent with the redirection of the human spaceflight program to focus on exploration
>* Complete the International Space Station in a manner consistent with our international partner commitments and the needs of human exploration
>* Encourage the pursuit of appropriate partnerships with the emerging commercial space sector
>* Establish a lunar return program having the maximum possible utility for later missions to Mars and other destinations
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>For more information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:
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>http://www.nasa.gov
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