Norman Augustine will chair the independent review of U.S. human space flight plans. During the course of the review, the panel will examine ongoing and planned NASA development activities and potential alternatives in order to present options for advancing a safe, innovative, affordable and sustainable human space flight program following the space shuttle's retirement. The committee will present its results in time to support an administration decision on the way forward by August 2009.There's only a short period of time before they announce their findings, so start composing your emails to them now. (Sally Ride and Dr. Leroy Chiao being former astronauts can probably be reached via NASA.)
"I look forward to working with the members of the committee to assist in defining the future U.S. human space flight program," Augustine said. "The members offer a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds, and we are all committed to offering sensible proposals that will serve the White House and NASA in their deliberations."
Monday, June 1, 2009
NASA's Human Spaceflight Review Committee Announced
Two former astronauts make up the group.