Yesterday Caspar Weinberger passed away at the age of 88. Weinberger was best known as Ronald Reagan’s defense secretary, but prior to that served several roles in the Nixon Administration, including deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. It was in that capacity, Dwayne Day recalls in an article in The Space Review in January, that he may have saved the country’s human spaceflight program. In an August 1971 memo to Nixon, Weinberger argued that NASA’s budget was being cut too much and that proposed programs like the space shuttle offered “substantial scientific fall-out for the civilian economy”. Weinberger later wrote: “America should be able to afford something besides increased welfare, programs to repair our cities, or Appalachian relief and the like.” Nixon signed off on the memo, scribbling “I agree with Cap” on the memo, and the rest is history.