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Saturday, August 06, 2005

NASA Boss In Hot Seat?

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(Newsday) "If you're not handling it something like the way I'm describing, you probably shouldn't be in this business," [NASA chief Michael Griffin] said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "I get nervous over a 3-foot putt, which is why I'm not a golf professional. I'm an aerospace professional. This does not make me nervous."

With the Discovery crew facing uncertainty regarding their flight back towards Earth, it seems many people outside of NASA are wondering how the "chief" is taking the pressure. Despite stepping into a role with unfavorable circumstances left from his predecessor, Griffin has taken over as if he was just as responsible for the past as he is for the present. Griffin made the go-ahead to send the shuttle into space, and has even offered to step down if the Discovery shares the same fate as the Challenger.

"I'm not a spin kind of a guy," he apologetically told reporters during Discovery's 13-day flight. "To me, it's a problem to be solved and we'll solve it."

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Griffin's directness and honesty are what she likes about him -- and what she dislikes. "He is looking at it as a scientist-engineer, so he is telling us every little thing," the Republican senator from Texas said Friday during a Johnson Space Center tour with the NASA administrator.

This is exactly the type of leader NASA needs as they pioneer the next steps towards colonizing the moon. He is the more logical type (think Spock from Star Trek) and tends to side with the cold hard facts rather than his own emotions. Griffin was nominated by President Bush and shares much of his personality when it comes to facing obstacles, something very much needed in the "PR sensitive" NASA organization.

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