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Tomorrow Feb 16th, 2017 the House Science Committee has the following hearing:

https://science.house.gov/legislation/hearings/full-committee-hearing-nasa-past-present-and-future

Witnesses

Hon. Harrison Schmitt

Apollo 17 Astronaut; Former United States Senator

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford

Gemini VI, Gemini IX, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Astronaut; Chairman, NASA International Space Station Advisory Committee

Dr. Ellen Stofan

Former Chief Scientist, NASA

Mr. Tom Young

Past Director, Goddard Spaceflight Center; Past President/COO, Martin Marietta; Past Chairman, SAIC

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #1 on: 02/15/2017 10:06 PM »
The title of the hearing includes the words "past," "present" and "future," but the witnesses all seem to be from the past.  Glorious though that past is, this doesn't seem to me to be a good basis for discussing the future.

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #2 on: 02/15/2017 11:09 PM »
This is what I meant when I said NASA is living off of its legacy. 

How do we change it?  How do we make space economical? 

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #3 on: 02/15/2017 11:30 PM »
This is what I meant when I said NASA is living off of its legacy. 

How do we change it?  How do we make space economical?
I feel it's the same answer it's always been, keep NASA out of the rocket business...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #4 on: 02/15/2017 11:59 PM »
From the meeting charter...
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Hearing Purpose:
This hearing will review NASA’s past portfolio of missions, evaluate existing exploration programs, and provide a venue for consideration of potential bold and innovative missions going forward.
bold mine

Witnesses:
Hon. Harrison Schmitt -- Age: 82, last served in House 35 years ago
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford -- Age: 87, retired from USAF 38 years ago
Mr. Thomas Young -- Age: 79, retired from LM 22 years ago
Dr. Ellen Stofan -- Age: 56, NASA Chief Scientist

One member stands out as an active scientist and potential contributor to the discussion of   
bold and innovative missions going forward.  Is this the best the House of Representatives can do?
« Last Edit: 02/16/2017 12:01 AM by AncientU »
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #5 on: 02/16/2017 12:14 AM »
They always put forth witnesses who will provide the answers they want to hear...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #6 on: 02/16/2017 05:31 AM »
The title of the hearing includes the words "past," "present" and "future," but the witnesses all seem to be from the past.  Glorious though that past is, this doesn't seem to me to be a good basis for discussing the future.

Well, having a witness appear from the future would be a good trick! :-)
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #7 on: 02/16/2017 08:24 AM »
Well, having a witness appear from the future would be a good trick! :-)

It's been tried.  Several years ago there was a conference on time travel where time travelers from the future we explicitly invited.  It's not known whether any attended, though if they did they chose not to reveal themselves. 

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #8 on: 02/16/2017 02:04 PM »
They always put forth witnesses who will provide the answers they want to hear...

From what I recall, Harrison Schmitt is pro-commercial space. So he stands out from their usual witnesses.
« Last Edit: 02/16/2017 02:30 PM by yg1968 »

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #9 on: 02/16/2017 02:10 PM »
They always put forth witnesses who will provide the answers they want to hear...

From what I recall, Harrison Schmitt is pro-commercial space. So he stands out from their usual witness.
And the first "scientist" astronaut... :)
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #10 on: 02/16/2017 02:21 PM »
Babin already said it... "without significant increases"... there you have it... Move along...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #11 on: 02/16/2017 02:34 PM »
Schmitt: Mars landing by 2040!! :o We just added 5 more years...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #12 on: 02/16/2017 02:53 PM »
Young: Insufficient HSF budget...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #13 on: 02/16/2017 02:59 PM »
Schmitt: According to Kranz, average age during Apollo was 26. Need for younger people involved...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #14 on: 02/16/2017 03:14 PM »
Stafford: Wants 10B for HSF...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #15 on: 02/16/2017 03:17 PM »
Chairman Smith: Keeps asking what can be done in the next 4-8 years, gee I wonder why? Said 1% for space as a throw-away comment..
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #16 on: 02/16/2017 03:19 PM »
Stofan: Claims we will get a huge spike in PhDs when we walk on Mars...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #17 on: 02/16/2017 03:22 PM »
Stafford, Schmitt: At least 2 SLS launches per year...
Young: Concerned about launch infrequency...
Stofan: SLS use for outer planets exploration...
« Last Edit: 02/16/2017 03:26 PM by Rocket Science »
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #18 on: 02/16/2017 03:33 PM »
Stofan: Wants to engage more girls in STEM...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #19 on: 02/16/2017 03:38 PM »
Young:Commercialize LEO, ISS and put boots on Mars...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #20 on: 02/16/2017 03:40 PM »
Schmitt:Wants Moon, cis-lunar space to get to Mars..
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #21 on: 02/16/2017 03:43 PM »
Stofan: Mentions Mr. Lightfoot's direction...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #22 on: 02/16/2017 03:46 PM »
Bridenstine: Mentions China and soft power, pushes for cis-lunar and Mars on the horizon...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #23 on: 02/16/2017 03:49 PM »
Schmitt: Calls for Commercial mining of lunar resource...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #24 on: 02/16/2017 03:53 PM »
Stofan: Stresses the importance of Earth science and defends the record of the last eight years..
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #25 on: 02/16/2017 03:55 PM »
Schmitt: Pushes for fusion power... NASA's portfolio is "too diverse"...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #26 on: 02/16/2017 04:01 PM »
Weber: Concern about losing the high ground of space...
Stafford: Claims if we kept CxP we would have had crewed flight in 2013...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #27 on: 02/16/2017 04:09 PM »
Perlmutter: Wants to know the real cost to Mars...
Stafford: Wants NSC back...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #28 on: 02/16/2017 04:11 PM »
Knight: Wants faster civil air travel...
Schmitt: Want to bring back NACA...
Stafford: Pushed for the Air Force Research Lab...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #29 on: 02/16/2017 04:16 PM »
Babin: Questions Crewed EM-1 mission...
Stafford: Feels OK and uses STS-1 as an example...
Young: Wants second flight a few months later...
Schmitt: mentions the pogo problem found out during Apollo and that von Braun tested too much...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #30 on: 02/16/2017 04:20 PM »
Schmitt: According to Kranz, average age during Apollo was 26. Need for younger people involved...

I don't suppose any of the witnesses or Committee members noted the irony of having such an aged group of witnesses?

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #31 on: 02/16/2017 04:24 PM »
Schmitt: Wants US to be a leader and no partners in a critical path...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #32 on: 02/16/2017 04:28 PM »
Posey: Mentions the public's misconception that 20-25% of budget is on NASA and not the 0.5% it really is...
What can be done for public relations?
Schmitt: Mentions a "week in a barrel" where astronauts and vans would go out to reach the public...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #33 on: 02/16/2017 04:38 PM »
Schmitt: Technology management base is stringer today than before and that the Apollo production line should have been kept open...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #34 on: 02/16/2017 04:41 PM »
Stofan: You never know what the payoff will be for basic research...
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #35 on: 02/16/2017 04:42 PM »
That's all folks! :)
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #36 on: 02/16/2017 05:16 PM »
BTW the price tag for Mars of 200-250B came up again... Don't kill the messenger... ;D
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #37 on: 02/16/2017 07:21 PM »
BTW the price tag for Mars of 200-250B came up again... Don't kill the messenger... ;D

So it's the 1980s Space Exploration Initiative and the 90 day report all over again?
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #38 on: 02/16/2017 07:42 PM »
BTW the price tag for Mars of 200-250B came up again... Don't kill the messenger... ;D

..or you can contract it out to that upstart space launch company in Hawthorne and they'll do it for 10% of that pricetag :D

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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #39 on: 02/16/2017 07:59 PM »
BTW the price tag for Mars of 200-250B came up again... Don't kill the messenger... ;D

..or you can contract it out to that upstart space launch company in Hawthorne and they'll do it for 10% of that pricetag :D
It never came up... ;)
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #40 on: 02/16/2017 09:34 PM »
Archived video is up:
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #41 on: 02/17/2017 04:14 AM »
Schmitt: According to Kranz, average age during Apollo was 26. Need for younger people involved...
Impossible with a hiring freeze, of course.
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Re: Full Committee Hearing- NASA: Past, Present, and Future
« Reply #42 on: 02/17/2017 03:50 PM »
Schmitt: According to Kranz, average age during Apollo was 26. Need for younger people involved...
Impossible with a hiring freeze, of course.
The hearing wasn't really about solutions as much as talking about the "glory days"...
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