Later this morning, the full House Science Committee will hold a hearing on the “Pathways to Exploration” report by the National Research Council’s Committee on Human Spaceflight. The hearing’s charter, posted to the committee’s website yesterday evening, doesn’t offer many hints about committee members’ thoughts or lines of questioning about the report: the charter runs only one page.
At a meeting of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) on Monday, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, briefly touched upon the NRC’s report. “I think it’s worthwhile to read the report,” he told the committee. “It’s kind of long, but I think there’s a lot of good things in the report that are noteworthy that you should read from the committee’s standpoint.” He added there may be “some actionable items” in the report that may be of interest to the full NAC.
“I think it’ll also be interesting to see how it will be perceived in the hearing this week,” Gerstenmaier added, referring to today’s Science Committee hearing. “You’ve had a chance of seeing us describe the strategy and how we’re actually implementing it, then you’ll get a chance to see how another committee sees that, and responding back could be helpful for us.”