In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Members of the U.S. Senate are at work on new bipartisan NASA authorization legislation that would include a bold vision for human exploration. Discussion over how NASA can best accelerate a human return to the Moon in 2024 continues. China calls on the country’s science community, young and experienced, to propose research for its future space station.
Human Space Exploration
Experts cite benefits, challenges of further space explorationCoalition for Deep Space Exploration President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mary Lynne DittmarSpaceNews.com (7/9): A lineup of NASA and aerospace industry experts appeared Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space to discuss NASA’s future human space exploration. The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar joined legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz and three others. Dr. Dittmar urged the lawmakers to adequately fund NASA’s efforts to accelerate a human return to the lunar surface in 2024, noting that national investments in the Apollo era paid large dividends in the U.S. toward advances in technology and education. NASA has the technology and workforce but needs prioritization and focus, said Kranz. (video here)
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