Credit: CCTV

Credit: CCTV


Today the U.S. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space held a hearing titled: “Are We Losing the Space Race to China?”

The hearing purpose was to examine the achievements, capabilities, and future direction of China’s space program, as well as the impact to U.S. leadership in space.

To view the video of the hearing, go to:

Reassert leadership

In his prepared opening statement, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, said that the Obama administration’s cuts to exploration and disruption of exploration planning “has eliminated our opportunities to return to the Moon. And the administration has no real plan for landing people on Mars.”

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

Meanwhile, China continues to make progress, Smith said. “We cannot resign ourselves to the remembrance of past achievements.  It is time for the United States to reassert its leadership.”

Expert testimony

  • Dennis C. Shea, Chairman, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

  • Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute

  • Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation

  • James Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Lawmaker statements

The statement of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is here:

The statement of Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) is here:

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