Augustine Panelist Rallying Support for Senate’s NASA Bill
A former member of a White House-appointed committee that reviewed NASAâ€™s human spaceflight program last year urged fellow panelists to back a Senate bill that supports commercial space and technology development efforts detailed in the groupâ€™s final report.
â€œThose who want to change the way things have been done as an important step forward to a human future beyond [low Earth orbit] should, in my opinion, strongly support the Senate version of the NASA authorization,â€ wrote Princeton University professor Christopher Chyba in an Aug. 25 e-mail to all nine fellow former members of the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee. See below for Chyba’s e-mail
Chyba, a professor of astrophysics, said he prefers the bill passed by the full Senate Aug. 5 because it recommends more funding for privately-developed crew vehicles and advanced technology research than companion legislation currently moving through the House. In his e-mail, he said reconciliation of the two bills is underway at the congressional staff level â€œand any efforts to influence that process probably has to happen by the end of September or so,â€ after lawmakers return from a six-week summer recess.
â€œIt will not be easier to get what weâ€™d like in the next Congress,â€ he wrote.
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