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Today U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas' senior Senator, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Member of the Subcommittee on Science and Space, submitted the following remarks to the Human Space Flight Panel, a 10-member committee of former astronauts, aerospace executives, and academics commissioned to evaluate America's manned-spaceflight program.
We in the Congress and, I believe, the Administration, must be given a clear picture of what is attainable and what resources would be required. We will then be in a position to make the judgments necessary to achieve the best possible and most affordable result for the American taxpayer.
Unfortunately, even $400 million won't go very far. NASA officials previously estimated that each extra $100 million would speed up development of Ares and Orion by only one month. Trimming a five-year hiatus by just one third of a year doesn't help much...