Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hearing and Listening

Two NASA-related hearings are scheduled for Capitol Hill on Wednesday March 28.

At 9:30 AM EDT, the House Science Committee will hold a full hearing titled, Securing the Promise of the International Space Station: Challenges and Opportunities. The scheduled witnesses are:

  • Mr. William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Ms. Cristina Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.), Chairman, International Space Station Advisory Committee

At 2:00 PM EDT, the Senate Appropriations science subcommittee will review NASA's proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is the sole witness. (Expect more accusations by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison that Bolden is conspiring to destroy the Space Launch System.)

The House event will be webcast live at the above link. It's unclear if the Senate event will be webcast live by the committee, although it may be archived.

I'll post both events on my YouTube channel SpaceKSCBlog as soon as possible. I'm using YouTube to archive hearings and various historic space speeches so you can see these events in their entirety. For example, you can watch President George W. Bush's January 14, 2004 Vision for Space Exploration speech in which he announced the retirement of the Space Shuttle. You can also watch President Barack Obama's April 15, 2010 speech at NASA announcing the rapid expansion of the commercial crew program.

By far, the most popular video is the appearance by Neil deGrasse Tyson before the nearly empty Senate Science Committee on March 7, 2012. 50,000 views and climbing. Go figure.

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