Science on the hot seat next week

The House Science Committee is planning a hearing of the full committee on Thursday, March 2, at 10 am to discuss “NASA Science Mission Directorate: Impacts of the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Proposal”. The witnesses scheduled to appear are:

  • Dr. Mary Cleave, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration (NASA);
  • Dr. Fran Bagenal, Member, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Decadal Survey for Heliophysics (Sun-Earth Connections), The Sun to the Earth and Beyond, and Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder;
  • Dr. Wes Huntress, Member, NAS Decadal Survey for Solar System Exploration, New Frontiers in the Solar System, and Director, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington;
  • Dr. Berrien Moore, Co-Chairman, NAS Decadal Survey for Earth Sciences, Earth Observations from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future, and Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire; and
  • Dr. Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., Co-Chairman, NAS Decadal Survey for Astrophysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium. Dr. Taylor is also is a Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Princeton University.

To say this should prove to be an interesting hearing is probably at least a mild understatement.

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