The Path from LEO to Mars

September 12, 2012

253 Russell Senate Office Building

NASAWASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on “The Path From LEO to Mars.” This hearing will examine NASA's exploration portfolio — both robotic and human — beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO) to the surface of Mars.    

The hearing will begin with an update from project scientists working on the Mars Science Laboratory mission (Opening Remarks).

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

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Majority Statement

  • Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. John Grunsfeld

    Associate Administrator
    Science Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Dr. Fuk Li

    Mars Exploration Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Dr. John Grotzinger

    Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist
    California Institute of Technology

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. Steven W. Squyres

    Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy
    Cornell University
  • Dr. Charles F. Kennel

    Chair, Space Studies Board, The National Academies
    Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science (Emeritus), Senior Advisor, Sustainability Solutions Institute, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Kennel Testimony (215.04 KB)
  • Mr. Jim Maser

    Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
    Maser Testimony (131.77 KB)