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Marcia L. Fudge (Ohio)
David Wu (Oregon)
Donna F. Edwards (Maryland)
Steven R. Rothman (New Jersey)
Baron P. Hill (Indiana)
Charles A. Wilson (Ohio)
Alan Grayson (Florida)
Suzanne M. Kosmas (Florida)

Bart Gordon (Tennessee),
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Pete Olson (Texas),
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Dana Rohrabacher (California)
F. James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin)
Frank D. Lucas (Oklahoma)
Michael McCaul (Texas)

Ralph M. Hall (Texas),
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Space & Aeronautics News

Subcommittee Examines Proposed Changes to NASA's Exploration Program

Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords

On March 24 , 2010, the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to discuss the Administration’s proposed changes to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) exploration program. Key proposed changes that were discussed included the cancellation of the Constellation Program, investment in a new “commercial crew” space transport industry, and a variety of implications resulting from the Administration’s proposals.

Members were particularly concerned by questions left unanswered by NASA’s FY 2011 budget request. While NASA has provided its overall rationale for moving in another direction, the proposed change in the agency’s exploration program has not been accompanied by many specifics. Members and witnesses discussed issues of safety, workforce impacts, and the impact of the proposed changes on the future of the Nation’s human space flight program.

“I want to see a plan that includes human exploration beyond low Earth orbit by the end of this decade. Nothing in this budget gives any indication that this would occur, and I find that unacceptable. We have the technology. Let’s make it happen,” stated Subcommittee Chairwoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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Subcommittee Jurisdiction

Committee Rule 11(a)(4)

Legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and investigative authority on all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development including:

  1. national space policy, including access to space;
  2. sub-orbital access and applications;
  3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor and government-operated labs;
  4. space commercialization, including the commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce;
  5. exploration and use of outer space;
  6. international space cooperation;
  7. the National Space Council;
  8. space applications, space communications and related matters;
  9. earth remote sensing policy;
  10. civil aviation research, development, and demonstration;
  11. research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; and
  12. space law.


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Press Releases

(May 5, 2011Subcommittee Democrats Seek Answers on Scope and Timing of FAA Plans to Regulate the Safety of Commercial Space Transportation

(March 30, 2011Subcommittee Democrats Urge Clarity and Realism in NASA’s Exploration Plans and Tie Successful Execution to Stable Funding and Policy


Letters From:

(March 19, 2010Aerospace Response to Questions Regarding Support to the Review of the U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee

(June 11, 2007Administration Responds to Chairmen's Concern for NASA Funding

Letters From the Committee:

(October 22, 2007Gordon, Miller, Udall Direct NASA to Halt any Destruction of Records Relating to the NAOMS Project

(May 31, 2007Miller Continues NASA IG Research, Requesting Interview Documents from PCIE


(October 20, 2009Chairman Gordon's Floor Speech on H.R. 3819

(September 27, 2008On H.R. 6063, the NASA Authorization Act of 2008


(June 24, 2009Legislative Reports - 111th Congress

(March 26, 2009International Science and Cooperation Act of 2009


(November 27, 2007Chairman Udall Discusses the Release of NASA’s Air Safety Survey Data on NPR's Science Friday


(September 30, 2009U.S. Must Lead World in Space [Gordon]

(October 3, 2007Science Education Initiatives Are Critical to the Future of U.S. Aerospace [Udall]


(October 25, 2005Mars Science Briefing [Mr. Gordon, Mr. Udall]

Requested Reports

(February 1, 2010[GAO] NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects

(January 15, 2010[ASAP] Annual Report for 2009

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