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Former NASA astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, were among panels of witnesses testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee about the future of U.S. space exploration. They criticized the state of NASA, called for authorization of NASA programs, and an increased budget.They outlined priorities including a mission to Mars, maintaining the International Space Station (ISS), lift capabilities, and the Orion capsule. Topics included the future of human space exploration, international cooperation, and the role of the commercial space industry.700 views
U.S. Economic Outlook
The Joint Economic Committee held a hearing to understand the forces shaping current economic conditions as well as the economic outlook. Chairman Bernanke told the committee that recently enacted pro-growth economic policies, including tax cuts within the past 5 years, would help the nation withstand the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Following his testimony, a panel of experts testified about the outlook for the U.S. economy in the wake of the hurricanes.130 views
Chairman Bernanke was nominated by President Bush to chair the Federal Reserve on October 24, 2005.