SpacePolitics.com reports that NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver told a Women in Aerospace group today the time for extending Shuttle "had come and gone."
"The first question I asked when I came back to NASA was, 'Could we extend the shuttle?'" Garver said in response to a question on the subject. "I was told by the entire shuttle NASA folks that, in fact, that time had come and gone. It was not an issue of money at that point, it was an issue of second-tier suppliers, there would be at least a two-year gap between our last flight and the next one, et cetera." That situation, she said, was a result a previous policies: "We inherited what we inherited."