Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… Calif., that would "establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness" and "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid …"

"… diness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other agencies through the identification of …"

"… SA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Earth asteroids and comets in order to provide warning and mitigation of the pot …"

"… der to provide warning and mitigation of the potential hazard of such near-Earth objects to the Earth," Senate records show. The bill also "expresses the …"

Cost of 13 NASA projects skyrocket due to improper reviews

By Laurel Adams

The cost of 13 projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration grew almost 55 percent, a combined increase of about $2.5 billi

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… three years, General Accountability Office investigations have shown that NASA projects are frequently approved without evidence of a sound business case …"

"… requirements and resources—which increases the cost and time of projects.NASA currently does not provide cost and schedule information about the develop …"

"… lity of a proposed project before letting it proceed to the next phases of NASA’s development process. GAO found that if design stability is not achieve …"

"… tly re-designs and unforeseen challenges are more likely to occur.“While NASA has undertaken several initiatives aimed at improving its acquisition mana …"

NASA needs to budget for alternative to Delta rocket, study finds

By Laurel Adams

NASA will stop using the workhorse Delta II to carry satellites and other science missions into space in October 2011 because of the unmanne

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities. Congressional Research Service repor …"

NASA’s failure to ensure safety in human space flight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Safety management practices, including communication of safety information, blamed for space shuttle Columbia disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… the Orbiter was in trouble and take corrective action.”Follow-up:A NASA spokeswoman told the Center, “After the accident and before launching the next shutt …"

NASA inspector general lack of oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush's watchdog at NASA appears too close to NASA to be effective

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… tration’s watchdog at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been far less active than either his predecessor or inspectors genera …"

"… ssor or inspectors general at agencies of similar size. And, at a minimum, NASA’s watchdog, Robert Cobb, created an appearance of being too close to the …"

"… ngs of a probe initiated following a litany of allegations from inside the NASA Inspector General’s office (IG). The investigation was undertaken on beh …"

"… nd safety. In addition, serious questions about Cobb’s independence from NASA’s senior management were raised by HUD investigators. Cobb, for example, …"