The House Science committee will have a hearing at 10:00 am ET on Thursday morning to discuss an Inspiration Mars type of Venus/Mars flyby mission but with NASA astronauts using SLS/Orion.
[ Update: Notes on the hearing are being posted at
- Stephen C. Smith (SpaceKSCBlog) on Twitter
- Marcia Smith (SpcPlcyOnline) on Twitter
- Jeff Foust (jeff_foust) on Twitter
It will be interesting to see where the Congresspersons think they can get the money for this and how, after endless attacks on the safety of commercial crew systems that will fly on well-tested rockets, they will defend the safety of such a mission on the rocket’s second flight and first crew launch.
- Mars Flyby 2021: The First Deep Space Mission for the Orion and Space Launch System? – Committee on Science/U.S. House of Representatives – includes webcast link.
- Hearing Charter (pdf)
- The Band of Brothers Who Want to Fly By Mars (Update) – NASA Watch
- The Venus-Mars Mission – Transterrestrial Musings
- Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
- General Lester Lyles (ret.), Independent Aerospace Consultant and former Chairman of the Committee on “Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program” established by the National Academies
- Mr. Doug Cooke, Owner, Cooke Concepts and Solutions and former NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
- Dr. Sandra Magnus, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
[ Update 2: Stephen C. Smith has kindly posted a video of the hearing:
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