NASA administrator Michael Griffin told an audience at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin that he could not serve a president who did not want to carry on with the Constellation programme

Indicating that he did not expect to serve the next administration, Griffin explained that as a presidential appointee it was customary for someone in such a position to hand in their resignation and that those resignations were rarely rejected

If Senator John McCain wins though maybe that would be less of a problem as he appears to be more pro-Constellation

Griffin declined to be drawn on commenting on the US presidential campaign but he did say that he was not sure which of the two candidates [John McCain or Barack Obama] would be better for NASA

During his speech at the beginning of the session he talked about the problems NASA has had with administrations changing funding, cutting programmes, undermining the ability of the agency to focus on the longer term on capabilities that would see more space exploration

In answering a question from a child about the significance of a manned Mars mission Griffin described such an endeavour as on a “different philosophical plane” to the exploration of the Moon and other NASA projects

A former senior member of the Mars Society Griffin very probably named his Constellation programme’s Ares rockets after the boosters in his fellow Mars Society member and founder of that organisation, Bob Zubrin’s book “The Case for Mars”