Space Shuttle Atlantis, here in 1995, is docked with the Russian space station Mir as the two spacecraft orbit the Earth. NASA looks lost in space and without a clear sense of where the agency is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a critical report released Wednesday. (NASA via Associated Press)

Space Shuttle Atlantis, here in 1995, is docked with the Russian space station Mir as the two spacecraft orbit the Earth. NASA looks lost in space and without a clear sense of where the agency is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a critical report released Wednesday. (NASA via Associated Press)