WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, October 16, 2003, the House Science Committee will continue its examination of NASA in the post-Columbia environment.  The Committee will hold a hearing to examine the range of options for the future of the human space flight program. 

Expert witnesses have been asked to address the options they believe NASA should pursue and for each option to specify: what the U.S. is likely to gain by pursuing the option and why such gains could not be obtained in other ways; a rough estimate of the costs of pursuing the option; the approximate amount of time it would take to achieve the goals of the option; the technical hurdles that must be overcome and the steps that must be taken to overcome those hurdles; and, the implication of the option for the current human space flight program. 

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics – Hearing

The Future of Human Space Flight

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 NOON

2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST at www.house.gov/science)

Witness List:

  • Dr. Wesley T. Huntress, Director of the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory
  • Dr. Alex Roland, Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History at Duke University
  • Dr. Michael Griffin, President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel
  • Dr. Bruce Murray, Professor Emeritus of Planetary Science and Geology at the California Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Matthew B. Koss, Assistant Professor of Physics of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts