NASA: Senior Review 2016

Yay, NASA Senior Review is out:


tl;dr - everyone is above average, they're good enough and we like you.

Mission ranks Mission ranks

bad news: per AAAC meeting earlier, there is not enough $ to actually pay for all these lovely toys, so something will have to give, somewhere.
Someone at a high enough pay grade to take the blame will decide whether to cut from the bottom or give everybody a haircut.
Early tealeaf readings are haircuts all around.

Official NASA site for Senior Review + Response

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