Sen. Cruz Calls Subcommittee Hearing on Space Exploration

Former NASA Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham, and Michael Massimino to Testify

February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.” Former NASA astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon and the pilot of Apollo 11, and leaders in the commercial space industry will provide their testimony.

“I look forward to Tuesday's hearing, which will provide both 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. “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.”
The hearing will examine 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 will 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. The hearing will also examine whether updates are needed to the Commercial Space Launch Act.
Panel I
·      Col. Walt Cunningham (USMC, Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 7 Pilot;
·      Col. Buzz Aldrin (USAF, Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut and Apollo 11 Pilot; and
·      Mr. Michael Massimino, Former NASA Astronaut and Mission Specialist for Space Shuttle Program.
Panel II
·      Mr. John Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Space Exploration;
·      Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; and
·      Mr. Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
Hearing Details:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competiveness hearing entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness”
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