Space Policy roundup – May 21, 2013

There is a House hearing today on deep space exploration policy:

The witnesses include:

  • Dr. Louis Friedman, Co-Lead, Keck Institute for Space Studies Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study and Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
  • Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Dr. Steven M. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University
  • Mr. Douglas Cooke, Owner, Cooke Concepts and Solutions

Robert Zubrin offers his usual calm and considered thoughts on the proposed asteroid retrieval mission: NASA’s Asteroid Absurdity –

Here’s the Planetary Society’s view: The Planetary Society Announces Conditional Support of NASA’s Asteroid Mission – The Planetary Society

A comment from Stewart Money on the Bigelow contract from NASA to study public/commercial partnerships for deep space exploration:  Exploring NASA’s Agreement with Bigelow –