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Bolden Vs Armstrong and Cernan: Clash of the Titans Round 2

By Keith Cowing
May 26, 2010
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House Science and Technology Committee Hearing: Review of the Proposed NASA Human Spaceflight Plan
“26 May 2010: Witnesses: Charles Bolden, Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Tom Young”
10 am EDT – Webcast live here
Keith’s note: It is becoming increasingly apparent that every hearing on the topic of President Obama’s space policy – especially when Charlie Bolden is in the hot seat – is designed to be an ambush announced in advance. The witness panel is usually stacked numerically with opponents. In this case this hearing is a blatant attempt to pick up the food fight where it left off last week on the other side of the Hill. Since it is fair game to repeatedly have Apollo astronauts testify who are publicly against the plan, why not have a few Apollo vets testify who are publicly for it – like Buzz Aldrin and Rusty Schweickart?
And by the way, with all due respect for the accomplishments of all of these who have or will testify, but when is Congress going to call upon people to testify who will actually spend their future career living and working in the space program that is being discussed? Why is it that we only seem to hear from 60-,70-, 80-year olds talking about someone else’s future?

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.