Nasa seems lost in space - experts

2012-12-05 22:20
A giant supply ship has burned up over the Pacific in a self-destruct operation after a mission to the International Space Station. (Paolo Nespoli, Nasa, AP)

A giant supply ship has burned up over the Pacific in a self-destruct operation after a mission to the International Space Station. (Paolo Nespoli, Nasa, AP)

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Washington - A panel of outside US experts says Nasa is adrift without a coherent vision for where it should be going.

The report is by the National Academy of Sciences. But the panel doesn't blame the space agency. It faults the president, Congress and the nation.

President Barack Obama in 2010 told Nasa to plan to send astronauts to a nearby asteroid.

But the panel of experts says few in Nasa or the space community have embraced that destination. NASA hasn't allocated much money for it and its vague strategic plan avoids mention of an asteroid mission.

Veteran astronaut and panel member Bob Crippen, who piloted the first space shuttle mission, said he has never seen the space agency so unfocused.

Nasa officials contend they have clear and challenging goals.

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