From February 23rd to February 25th, 2014, space exploration advocates across the United States will call on Congress to prioritize the funding and development of the national space program. The purpose of this convergence on Washington is to show “that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.”
The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) was formed in 2004 when thirteen of the nation’s top space advocacy group joined forces for the first “Legislative Blitz” on Congress. Seventy-six space enthusiasts rallied in support of NASA and space exploration, speaking with over 200 congressional offices on the matter. Now, SEA calls on advocates of space exploration everywhere to help convince Congress of the long-term goals and short-term steps required for the United States to reap the economic, technological, and strategic benefits of space. Space exploration has become a necessity in our modern world; it is the only way forward as a species. SEA’s goals include sending humans to least one destination beyond low-earth orbit, such as the Moon or a nearby asteroid, in the next ten years. SEA also advocates for a manned mission to Mars by 2030.
This year, the Space Exploration Alliance is reaching out again to space advocacy groups around the nation. If you or your organization is interested in participating, or if you would like more information, please visit http://www.spaceexplorationalliance.org/blitz/. Registration is free, and there will be an information and training session on Sunday, February 23rd, with materials for meetings on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th.
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, nonprofit organization for space advocacy. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 30 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student-run space conference in the world (SpaceVision), provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit: http://www.seds.org.