A House Subcommittee on Space carried out a hearing on March 7: An Overview of the NASA Budget for Fiscal Year 2019

The sole witness was NASA’s Robert Lightfoot, Jr., Acting Administrator.

 

Moon: proving ground

In an opening Statement Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) noted that Mars has been, and will remain, the first interplanetary destination for humanity.

“And along the way, NASA has been encouraged to carry out any mission necessary, including cis-lunar activities, to advance future interplanetary exploration,” Chairman Babin said.

“There are many benefits to this strategy. The moon offers a proving ground closer to home for advancing the technologies necessary for deep space exploration. The opportunities for commercial and international participation could greatly enhance a lunar mission. And the more frequent operational cadence will better prepare astronauts, mission crews and the commercial partners for future missions.” Babin noted.

 

Range of questions

Subcommittee members served up a wide range of questions for NASA’s Lightfoot on Moon and Mars exploration plans to a variety of topics, including the James Webb Space Telescope and other future missions, including the space agency’s plans for fending off asteroids.

To view a video of the hearing, go to:

https://youtu.be/vMZZhnjrzjc

The written testimony of NASA’s Lightfoot is available at:

https://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/HHRG%E2%80%93115%E2%80%93SY16%E2%80%93WState%E2%80%93RLightfoot-20180307.pdf

The full opening statement by Babin is posted at:

https://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/030718%20Babin%20-%20NASA%20FY19%20Budget%20FINAL%20VERSION.pdf

 

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