Overview of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Budget for Fiscal Year 2014: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 24, 2013 [open pdf - 630KB]
This testimony compilation is from the April 24, 2013 hearing, "Overview of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Budget for Fiscal Year 2014," before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space. From the opening statement of Lamar Smith: "America is a nation of explorers, and space is the next frontier. Just last week, NASA announced the discovery of new worlds beyond our solar system that resemble our own planet. We in Congress need to be diligent in our review of the Administration's proposed budget for NASA to ensure that this agency remains focused on its primary mission--space exploration. In April 2010--almost 3 years ago--President Obama addressed the NASA workforce at the Kennedy Space Center. He stated that the next mission for American astronauts beyond the International Space Station was an asteroid, and canceled NASA's many years of work to return to the surface of the Moon. […] Not having found a suitable asteroid for NASA astronauts, the President's budget now proposes a robotic asteroid retrieval mission to bring one closer to the Moon. NASA's budget does not identify where the funding for such an asteroid retrieval mission will come from. But it is likely to detract from NASA's human spaceflight projects, the International Space Station, Orion Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lamar Smith, Steven Palazzo, and Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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