Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

It is my continued concern that NASA seems to be an agency without a clear mission,” Palazzo stated.  “As we wrap up the shuttle program, we lose expertise and a skilled workforce.”

After fifty years of leadership in Human Spaceflight, this heralded agency faces the question of “What Next?”  The fact that I, and so many others, do not know the answer should concern us all.”

 

Full remarks:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Mr. Administrator, for appearing here today.

My questions today are offered in the context of my continued frustration that NASA seems to be an agency without a clear mission.

As we wrap up the shuttle program and send the orbiters to museums, so too we lose expertise and a skilled workforce to other opportunities.   It is sad that some of those opportunities are outside of the aerospace industry. 

Meanwhile, our access to the ISS is limited to the Russians, a reliable partner but not without concerns after last fall’s launch mishaps. 

And I wonder what our ESA partners feel about our future human programs when they see our schizophrenic nature in mission planning.

After fifty years of leadership in Human Spaceflight, this heralded agency faces the question of “What Next?”  The fact that I, and so many others, do not know the answer should concern us all.

It’s my commitment as Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee that we come together to advance common worthwhile goals.