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NASA panel issues summary of report; says plans are unsustainable

New York Times
9 September 2009

A blue-ribbon panel said on September 8 that a lack of financing has left NASA's current space program on an "unsustainable trajectory" and that the Obama administration should consider using private companies to launch people into low-Earth orbit.

The panel, convened in May in response to a request by President Obama, delivered an executive summary of its report to the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The full report is expected later this month.

The panel could find no program that "permits human exploration to continue in any meaningful way" within the $100 billion for human spaceflight over the next decade.

Full story from the New York Times