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The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a live chat July 24 with U.S. astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station.
The committee members, for the most part, behaved themselves, although the odious Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) used his time to promote himself and trumpet his belief in “American exceptionalism.”
Several members who otherwise never show up for these hearings were here to be filmed talking to astronauts.
The event itself was relatively harmless, and certainly benign compared to the 1980s, when NASA flew Senator Jake Garn (R-UT) and Rep. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on the Shuttle to curry favor with the congressional space committees.
If history is any indication, the event won't have much impact on the committee's venal attitude towards the government space program.