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MAIN ARTICLE: NASA's Griffin denies tension with Obama's transition team.

In yesterday's Florida Sentinel they ran a story reporting that NASA's Administrator, Dr. Mike Griffin, was not cooperating with President Elect Obama's Transition Team. The team was led by Lori Garver, an ex NASA employee.

Today's Poll: What area of Commerical Space Development should America promote first?

"Tensions were on public display last week at the NASA library, as overheard by guests at a book party.

According to people who were present, Logsdon, a space historian, told a group of about 50 people he had just learned that President John F. Kennedy's transition team had completely ignored NASA.

Griffin responded, in a loud voice, "I wish the Obama team would come and talk to me."

Alan Ladwig, a transition-team member who was at the party with Garver, shouted out: "Well, we're here now, Mike."

Soon after, Garver and Griffin engaged in what witnesses said was an animated conversation. Some overheard parts of it.

"Mike, I don't understand what the problem is. We are just trying to look under the hood," Garver said.

"If you are looking under the hood, then you are calling me a liar," Griffin replied. "Because it means you don't trust what I say is under the hood." "

Today Dr. Griffin denied those charges:

"NASA chief insists he's cooperating with Obama's team"

"NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said Thursday that he was fully cooperating with the incoming Barack Obama administration and was "appalled" by a report that he was obstructing efforts by the president-elect's transition team to get information about the agency.

"In a statement, Griffin called the report in Thursday's Orlando Sentinel "simply wrong."

"I would like to reiterate what I have stated in a previous e-mail to all NASA officials: We must make every effort to 'lean forward,' to answer questions promptly, openly and accurately," he said.

He added that the agency has provided 414 documents and 185 responses to 191 requests since mid-November. He said the six outstanding responses would be provided soon and on schedule: "We are fully cooperating with transition-team members."

Griffin also said he was "appalled" that industry sources quoted by the Sentinel said he and top NASA administrators were telling contractors what they could and could not say to the Obama transition team.

"We strongly urge full and free cooperation by companies performing work for NASA," he said."



Griffin's Legacy is a return to the moon and how we get there.

The Constellation program is the system that will return America to the lunar surface in 2020.

Should Obama keep Griffin and the Ares I & Ares V? Should America return to the moon "to stay"? These and many more questions await President Elect Barack Obama as the days slowly tick by until he is finally sworn in.

Originally posted to Vladislaw on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 09:00 PM PST.


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