Washington, DC – March 11, 2005 In response to the announcement of Dr. Michael Griffin’s appointment as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, George T. Whitesides, Executive Director of the National Space Society, made the following remarks:

“Dr. Griffin is a superb choice to lead NASA at this critical moment. Dr. Griffin’s extensive space experience and bold leadership style will create a powerful driver for implementation of the vision for space exploration.”

“Mike is well known for combining a deep passion for space with a rigorous commitment to no-nonsense management. That is exactly what NASA needs now.”

“The National Space Society looks forward to supporting Dr. Griffin as he tackles the challenges of the coming years. NASA has a wonderful and inspiring mission before it, and Dr. Griffin is the right captain for this ship.”

About the National Space Society

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, how to join or donate, or the annual International Space Development Conference, visit: http://www.nss.org