Future of the Space Program

The committee heard testimony on the future of the U.S. space exploration program. Mr. Logsdon expressed the need for a… read more

The committee heard testimony on the future of the U.S. space exploration program. Mr. Logsdon expressed the need for a consistent and stable long-range direction for the NASA, as opposed to the recycled Apollo-like programs that NASA has been suggesting for the past twenty years. Mr. Pike objected to many programs proposed by NASA for the future of the U.S. space program, and suggested that the consequences of a second space shuttle disaster would weaken government and civilian support to the extent that the program’s goals would be compromised or eliminated. Mr. Branscomb criticized NASA for bureaucratic wrangling over outdated computer technology and failure rates for components of the shuttle. Mr. Kline urged NASA to improve its record of overseeing the projects that have been contracted out to private companies. close

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  • Branscomb, Lewis Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government
  • Kline, Ray President National Academy of Public Administration
  • Logsdon, John Director George Washington University->Space Policy Institute
  • Ness, Norman Representative NASA
  • Pike, John Associate Director Federation of American Scientists->Space Policy
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Future of the Space Program

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Program ID:
16063-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 29, 1991
Last Aired:
Jan 30, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jan 29, 1991 | 9:36am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 29, 1991 | 5:22pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 30, 1991 | 2:15am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 30, 1991 | 6:19am EST | C-SPAN 2
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