Friday, September 23, 2005

NASA Chief Griffin says "We're looking at May" for shuttle

So even with the news going back and forth, rumours that STS-121 would be delayed to at least June 2006 after the foam issue on Discovery's external tank during STS-114, all of those can be at least pushed aside for a little while.

During an interview with the Washington Post, Dr. Mike Griffin says the agency is looking to a May 2006 launch date, and notes that without the heroic efforts of the personnel at Michoud and Stennis during the storm (which included keeping diesel flowing to pumps) the shuttle might not have been able to "fly again at all."

This comes in the wake of other rumours that the White House OMB themselves were looking into cancelling the shuttle program soon, far earlier than the expected 2010 date.

[Via the Washington Post]

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