The Senate takes up NASA

While most of the hearing activity in Congress this year about NASA has been on the House side, the Senate will be paying attention to the space agency this week. The science and space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on “National Aeronautic and Space Administration Issues and Challenges”. The hearing, according to the committee announcement, “will review NASA progress in implementing provisions of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-155) in the context of the Fiscal Year 2007 budget request. The hearing will also focus on ISS Research, the transition from the Space Shuttle to the CEV, NASA activities in science and engineering education, and contributions to U.S. technological competitiveness.” NASA administrator Michael Griffin is the sole witness listed.

Update: In addition to the Commerce subcommittee hearing, the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science will hold a hearing on NASA’s budget Wednesday the 26th at 2 pm. Again, Griffin will be the sole witness.

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