Skip to main content
ad info

 
CNN.com
  spacecorner
  Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback  

 

  Search
 
 

 
SPACE
TOP STORIES

Mir cargo vessel abandoned

John Zarrella: Lessons learned from Challenger

Last rendezvous for Mir

Beginning of the end for Mir

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

Bush signs order opening 'faith-based' charity office for business

Rescues continue 4 days after devastating India earthquake

DaimlerChrysler employees join rapidly swelling ranks of laid-off U.S. workers

Disney's GO.com is a goner

(MORE)

MARKETS
4:30pm ET, 4/16
144.70
8257.60
3.71
1394.72
10.90
879.91
 


WORLD

U.S.

POLITICS

LAW

TECHNOLOGY

ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH

TRAVEL

FOOD

ARTS & STYLE



(MORE HEADLINES)
*
 
CNN Websites
Networks image

Clinton: Time has come to increase NASA budget

graphic

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In an interview with Science Magazine released Thursday, President Clinton says NASA's budget should be increased after years of penny-pinching.

Clinton told the publication that, when he took office nearly eight years ago, NASA "needed to show that it knew how to economize and could be managed better.

"I think (NASA Administrator) Dan Goldin has done that," Clinton continued. "I think they have proved they can do more with less. I mean, they got the space station up three years ahead of time."

  MESSAGE BOARD
 

The president said he now would like to see the space agency's budget increase.

"I think they have proved, after years and years of flat budgets, that they have squeezed a lot of blood out of this turnip," Clinton said. "They have really restructured themselves. They have gotten rid of a lot of their relatively inefficient costs. And I believe that now is the time at least to let them start growing with inflation again, if they're going to be able to handle their missions."

Clinton gave the space agency high marks for responding "in an honest, upfront way" to difficulties with the two Mars probes. And, he said, missions to the red planet should continue with the goal of bringing back surface samples.

Any progress made with the International Space Station should also be a factor in determining how much money NASA needs, Clinton said.

The interview with Clinton is one of several being conducted by various news organizations before he leaves office. It took place December 6 and was released by the White House Thursday.



RELATED STORIES:
Pluto mission revived -- barely
December 20, 2000
NASA unveils new Mars exploration plan
October 26, 2000

RELATED SITE:
NASA Homepage

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

 Search   

Back to the top   © 2000 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.