Chairman Rockefeller Statement on Release of Final Augustine Commission Report

October 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement today regarding the release of the final Augustine Commission report examining NASA’s human spaceflight plans:
“Today, as the Augustine Commission delivers the final report to the President, ongoing budget challenges mean that we have to establish our priorities and make difficult choices,” said Chairman Rockefeller.  “Our space program is at a critical juncture, this is no longer the era of Apollo and the Cold War where the payoffs for advancing the space and Moon agenda are unquestionable.  The President, I am sure, will continue to struggle with these same questions as he reviews the commission’s findings and options.  As we move forward, I am committed to working with the administration on developing an achievable vision for NASA.”