NASA, space experts debate future of shuttle program

07/13/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Scientists and NASA officials are debating the future of the space shuttle program. NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin wants to end the program by 2010. Griffin wants to replace the shuttle with the new Crew Exploration Vehicle. The vehicle will not be ready until after the shuttle retires, leaving a gap of a few years when the U.S. is not capable of space travel. Some critics say retiring the shuttle would diminish America's prestige.

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