Reflection on NASA Human Spaceflight Meeting

September 22, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted one of the most exciting hearings in recent times on September 22nd, featuring great thoughts from Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Dr. Maria Zuber, and Dr. Michael Griffin.

It was very exciting to see so many great minds on one panel answering the questions of congress. It was also good to hear so many of those in attendance express the need for goals for future space exploration to help inspire students around the country and around the world. While some of those present disagree on just how it should be accomplished, all of the representatives and guests shared the belief that NASA’s mission to explore space should be strongly supported in future congressional budgeting.

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SEDS Chair Sends Message to Armstrong

September 21, 2011 in Featured, News by SEDS Chair

Yesterday, Rick Hanton, the chairman of SEDS-USA sent the letter written to congress last March to Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon. Neil has been called to testify before congress about the future of NASA and American Space Exploration.

SEDS-USA sought to give Neil a student perspective on our future in space and hopes that he will show support for both long-time NASA contractors as well as new and innovative start-up companies in his testimony tomorrow.

SEDS Armstrong Cover Letter

Click here for the rest of the March letter and to sign the letter alongside 300 other students.

SEDS Presents Letter from Students on Future of Human Spaceflight

March 31, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Commercial SpaceAt 3:30pm EST today, SEDS-USA Chairman Rick Hanton sent our a letter to many congressional staffers, the white house, and a variety of media outlets from over 250 students stating their belief in the promise of commercial spaceflight in the United States.

This letter was started as an initiative by a few SEDS students with some help from some of our distinguished alumni to present an actual “student view” on this aspect of the future of space travel to politicians in Washington D.C.  The letter was organized and sent out by students from SEDS, but represented the views of students at both universities with SEDS chapters and universities without chapters that wanted to make their voice heard in the conversation about commercial spaceflight on capitol hill.

If you are a student who did not already sign this letter, we invite you to take a look at what we have written and sign to show your support if you agree with the points we have made.
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Congress to vote on NASA Authorization Act

September 26, 2010 in News by SEDS Webmaster

The US House of Representatives will soon be voting on the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, legislation that will determine the direction of NASA for the next three years.

There is contention in the space community over differences in the language and funding allocations between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The SEDS-USA executive board encourages members of the general public, industry, and students to evaluate the differences between the two versions and form their own opinion on this crucial matter.

The SEDS-USA Executive Board finds the House version (H.R. 5781) inadequate in its funding and policy decisions, and urges the House to adopt the Senate version of the authorization.

SEDS-USA encourages everyone to voice their opinion on this issue.
House Representatives can be reached either by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be connected to your Representative, or by directly looking up their numbers at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/officials/congress.

To help get your point across when you call your representative, fill in the blanks of this statement:
“Hello, my name is (First Name) (Last Name). I am a resident of (Town) (State), calling to encourage (Name of Representative) to push for approval of the (Senate or House) version of the NASA Authorization Act.”

The authorization acts in full can be found at http://tinyurl.com/AuthorizationHouse and http://tinyurl.com/AuthorizationSenate.

Don’t have time to read both of the proposals? SEDS has made a side-by-side comparison of the funding differences in the two versions of the bill to help you make an informed decision. This comparison can be seen below:

The differences between the two bills amount to more than just money, and a good summary can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3xp3nya.

Whichever bill you feel is superior, it is imperative you call your House Representatives before Tuesday, September 28!