Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

The hearing was entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.”

Former NASA astronauts included Walt Cunningham, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Massimino, and leaders in the commercial space industry testified.

The hearing was called to provide the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee and the American people “a great opportunity to reflect on the past, analyze the present, and examine the future of space travel in the United States,” said Cruz in calling the hearing.

Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

“We will look to ensure that NASA and commercial space have clear and consistent mission objectives and can continue to work alongside our international partners, but not be dependent on them. America should once again lead the way for the world in space exploration,” Cruz said in a pre-hearing statement.

The hearing examined the United States’ goals in human space exploration, including the role of the commercial space industry and its contributions to U.S. global competitiveness.

Among other issues, the hearing was called to discuss the importance of a sound exploration strategy that involves NASA, partnerships with international allies, and innovation and competitiveness in the U.S. commercial space sector.

Exploration and commercial space witnesses took part in Senate Hearing. Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

Exploration and commercial space witnesses took part in Senate Hearing.
Credit: Ted Cruz Twitter

The hearing examined whether updates are needed to the Commercial Space Launch Act.

 

Check out this C-Span video link of the hearing at:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?324519-1/hearing-future-us-space-exploration

 

 

 

To read the prepared testimony of each witness, go to these links:

Witness Panel 1

1)

Col. Walt Cunningham (USMC, Ret.)

Former Astronaut and Apollo 7 Pilot

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=fcb15c53-c53c-4c08-bbe0-cd7b67f5c5ee

2)

Col. Buzz Aldrin (USAF, Ret.)

Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 11 Pilot

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=5dd98aa0-32bb-4762-a978-c17cebfd82bb

3)

Mr. Michael Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut and Mission Specialist for Space Shuttle Program

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=0ca0f7ef-4da7-4f24-b67d-bf0881e70e6a

 

Witness Panel 2

4)

Mr. John Elbon

Vice President and General Manager

Boeing Space Exploration

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b7db287a-6c45-4b62-a3e4-106e918af072

5)

Dr. Scott Pace

Director, Space Policy Institute

Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=8e97c713-8642-4e75-b999-48ee31751b51

6)

Mr. Eric Stallmer

President

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=215804c5-33c3-4c29-9eed-638eff02f8ef

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