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The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing earlier this week, making use of a panel of experts to review space exploration of other worlds, today and in the future.

 

 

Held July 28, the purpose of the hearing was to review recent NASA achievements in exploring the solar system, including the exploration of Pluto and the asteroid Ceres, as well as assess future NASA missions under development, including a flagship mission to conduct a detailed survey of Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Exploring Ceres and Occator Crater with bright spots. Credit: NASA/JPL

Exploring Ceres and Occator Crater with bright spots.
Credit: NASA/JPL

 

 

 

 

 

The testimony of the witnesses can be found here:

— Dr. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-WState-JGrunsfeld-20150728.pdf

— Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons Mission, Southwest Research Institute

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-WState-AStern-20150728.pdf

— Dr. Christopher Russell, Principal Investigator, Dawn Mission; Professor of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California Los Angeles

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-WState-CRussell20150728.pdf

— Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Study Scientist, Europa Mission Concept, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-WState-RPappalardo-20150728.pdf

— Dr. Robert Braun, David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-WState-RBraun-20150728.pdf

The hearing charter can be read here:

http://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG-114-SY-20150728-SD001.pdf

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