The member organizations of the Space Exploration Alliance, including such activist groups such as the National Space Society and the Mars Society, kicked off this week an effort to organize visits to Congressional district offices during the August recess. The primary purpose, according to NSS and Mars Society documents, is to urge their support for the Vision for Space Exploration. In particular, a talking points document calls for full funding for the VSE, acceleration of the development of the CEV, support for NASA’s launch vehicle plans, and passage of an amendment for the Iran Nonproliferation Act to permit NASA to purchase ISS services from Russia. (It’s noteworthy that the document states that “NASA’s plans for human and cargo launch vehicles are on the right course” even though those plans have not been disclosed except in the broadest brush strokes and rumors.)
It’s also interesting that the Alliance member organizations waited until the middle of the month, a couple of weeks after the recess started, to start publicizing this lobbying effort. Congress returns right after Labor Day, so there’s not much time for interested space activists to schedule those meetings.
Speaking of August recess, I’m going on a break of my own over the next week. I don’t plan on posting much if anything until the week of August 29.