Subcommittee Begins NASA Hearing Series with Mars Exploration Hearing

July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Destination Mars – Putting American Boots on the Surface of the Red Planet” at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The hearing will focus on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) exploration priorities and will be the first in a series of hearings in anticipation of a future NASA authorization legislation.


  • Mr. Tory Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance 
  • Mr. Chris Carberry, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Explore Mars. Inc.
  • Dr. Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology
  • Dr. Peggy A. Whitson, former NASA Astronaut

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2:15 p.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

NOTE: Added Mr. Tony Bruno to witness list on 7/20/18