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Foundation Proposes NASA Overhaul

In a report released Monday, the nonprofit Space Foundation made a number of recommendations for strengthening the focus, oversight and funding of NASA and the U.S. civil space program.The foundation's research, conducted over the last year, revealed NASA lacks focus after years shifting of priorities, frequent redirection and mixed signals from Congress and presidential administrations. The 70-page report, "Pioneering: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space," details the agency's challenges and how the U.S. can regain its leadership in space. "The problem is that we've got 18 or 20 rudders and they're all trying to steer the ship in different directions," said Elliot Pulham, chief executive officer of the Space Foundation, at a briefing on Capitol Hill. "That's what we're trying to correct. It's getting it down to one clear rudder that steers the ship."The foundation recommends NASA return to its roots by establishing "pioneering" as its single, compelling purpose and transitioning "non-...

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