On the kerryspace mailing list today there was a message that suggests that the Kerry campaign is drafting a position paper on space issues. Some highlights:
- The effort is being led by Lori Garver, a former NASA associate administrator for policy and plans and former executive director of the NSS.
- The policy seems to focus on terrestrial applications of space technology and services, including some things previously reported (performing materials research and other science on ISS), as well as helium-3 from the Moon. (Please, for credibility’s sake someone tell him to take the helium-3 part out until, say, there are fusion reactors on Earth that can use it…)
- The policy would call for funding NASA at its current levels or higher.
- The policy would put a greater emphasis on commercial involvement, including prizes (which, as previously reported, would be consistent with his overall science and technology policy.)