Press Release

Space Commission Hearing to Be Held at Air Force Museum

By SpaceRef Editor
February 24, 2004
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The President’s Commission on
Moon, Mars and Beyond, chaired by Edward C. “Pete” Aldridge, will hold its
second public hearing in the soon-to-be-completed Missile Gallery of the U.S.
Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, on March 3 and 4, 2004.

The first day of testimony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, and
continue until 5:00 p.m. that evening. On Thursday, the hearing will
reconvene at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. From 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.,
audience comments will be addressed. And at 4:15 p.m., a news conference will
be held.

To date, public response to the Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond — as
measured by “hits” and responses to the website — has been significant. As
of February 17, over 1.3 million people logged on to the site, and almost
4,000 emailed their comments. A health care consultant from Pennsylvania
said: “I no longer dream of personally leaving this earth as I once did as a
child … but can only hope our children will have this opportunity.”

Chairman Aldridge strongly encourages public comment: “I want to be sure
the American taxpayer, the one who pays the bill, is part of the process,” he

Everyone interested in commenting on the work of the Commission and U.S.
Space Exploration Policy should log on to

The President’s Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration
Policy (Moon, Mars and Beyond) is charged with providing recommendations to
the President regarding moon research activities, increasing young people’s
interest in space science, and bringing in industry and other countries as
space partners.

Information about the President’s Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond is
available at:

SpaceRef staff editor.