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Scientists say Nasa's budget inadequate for its goals

Published on Dec 6, 2012 11:54 AM
 
Retired space shuttle Endeavour is carried on the back of a NASA jet as it approaches the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California September 21, 2012. Endeavour will be moved to its permanent home at the California Science Center mid-October. NASA suffers from a "mismatch" between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - NASA suffers from a "mismatch" between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul.

The National Research Council, which convened an independent group of top US scientists, urged the White House to set a clear agenda for the agency, amid disagreement in the scientific community, and in the country as a whole, regarding just where the agency should be going.

The panel lamented "the lack of national consensus on NASA's most publicly visible human spaceflight goal," said Albert Carnesale, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, who chaired the committee that wrote the report.

"One stated goal for NASA's human spaceflight program is to visit an asteroid by 2025," he said, but he noted that scientists inside the agency have questioned this objective.

 
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