NASA administrator Mike Griffin is known for speaking his mind in plain language, be it in industry forums or in front of Congress. However, AFP may be taking things too far:
“When we celebrate 100 years of Sputnik, we might celebrate the 20th anniversary of man landing on Mars,” Frank Griffin, NASA’s chief administrator said recently.
[Emphasis added, of course.] This is from an article that tries to build a case that some in the US think that Asia could win a new space race (although what that space race would be, and how “winning” is defined, is apparently left as an exercise for the reader.)