Sunday, March 30, 2008

Two other Heads-Ups from Foust

Also from Space Politics and authored by Jeff Foust:

...have been posted more than worth reading and pondering:

Upcoming Hearings:

As Congress returns from recess next week, the House Science and Technology Committee has a couple of relevant hearings scheduled. On Wednesday morning, April 2, the research and education subcommittee is holding a hearing on “International Science and Technology Cooperation” with the following witnesses scheduled:

  • Dr. John Marburger, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Dr. Arden Bement, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Jeff Miotke, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space and Health, Bureau of Oceans and International and Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Michael O’Brien, Assistant Administrator for External Relations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

On Thursday morning, April 3, the space subcommittee is holding a hearing titled “NASA’s Exploration Initiative: Status and Issues”, with the following witnesses:

  • Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Ms. Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management,
    Government Accountability Office
  • Dr. Noel Hinners, Independent Consultant
  • Dr. Kathryn Thornton, Professor of Department of Science, Technology and Society & Associate Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Virginia
Both hearings are certainly vital for those wanting to assess the how both Majority Democrats and Minority Republicans intend to present their respective space agendas to the American people in the pivotal election ahead.

And more from Jeff Foust on the departure of Alan Stern,NASA's former head of the Science Mission Directorate

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