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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.
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.
At 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.