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UPDATE: Boehner Bill Narrowly Passes House, Tabled in Senate

UPDATE: A link to current Science Adviser John Hodren’s statement is added.

Dr. John H. Marburger III passed away yesterday. He served as Science Adviser to President George W. Bush.

Marbuger was the third president of State University of New York Stony Brook and the current president, Samuel Stanley, announced the passing of this “admired scientist and beloved gentleman.” Marburger had battled non-Hodgkins lymphona for four years according to the Washington Post. He was 70.

He presided over the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) during the entire Bush presidency. During the Augustine Committee deliberations on the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program, Marbuger gave a frank account of his perspective on President Bush’s 2004 Vision for Space Exploration that surprised many.

He was not enthusiastic about how the Vision had been implemented, with its almost single-minded focus on getting astronauts back to the Moon by 2020 and on to Mars. “It would be a mistake to assume that the actual development path for space exploration since 2004 has accurately reflected the overall concept of the Vision,” he said.

Dr. John Holdren, the current presidential science adviser, issued a statement praising Marburger’s public service and scientific contributions.

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