HSS&T Committee Hears Testimony About Human Spaceflight Future

HSS&T Committee Hears Testimony About Human Spaceflight Future

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard from Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, former NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, and GRAIL principal investigator Maria Zuber today about the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.

Committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) emphasized that “America needs leadership with a compelling vision, and the strength of commitment” or young engineers will look elsewhere for their careers.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), ranking Democrat on the committee, stressed that the space program is not only about building space hardware, but “about inspiring people” and “providing a peaceful and positive demonstration to nations around the world of American technological preeminence.”

Video of the hearing and the prepared statements of the witnesses are available on the committee’s website.

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