International Space Station.
Credit: NASA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a hearing titled “Examining the Future of the International Space Station: Administration Perspectives,” held May 16, 2018.

The first in a series of two hearings to examine the role of the International Space Station (ISS), these hearings will provide an opportunity to discuss the value of the ISS to our national space program and the future of human space exploration.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness.
Credit: Inside Outer Space Screengrab

 

 

 

 

Witnesses

Today’s witnesses and their written testimony:

William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/60906547-0251-4feb-9173-14f4b5b8aafc/C8EA8C3BC071C03E5E83203B4060F784.mr.-william-gerstenmaier-testimony.pdf

Paul K. Martin, Inspector General, NASA

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/d4a03459-8549-4b2a-a972-6e38045d8b4a/298FF2C8416B4956E068ED14C01359C3.hon.-paul-k.-martin-testimony.pdf

Common themes

As noted by Gerstenmaier, decisions about the future of the ISS will be discussed across the ISS international partnership. The partners agree on common themes for considering the future of ISS and exploration, including:

 Reducing operational costs;

 Offering frequent visible national astronaut opportunities;

 Continuation and continuity of research and technology development activities;

 Building synergies between LEO and exploration activities; and

 Support of commercial opportunities.

For a video look at the entire hearing, go to:

https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=9B168E39-CF8D-426E-BE8E-B3950F517BD6

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