Science, Space & Technology Committee Holds Live Downlink with Astronauts from International Space Station
Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted a showcase of NASA research exhibits and a live communications “downlink” with the two astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station, Capt. Scott Kelly and Dr.Kjell Lindgren.
Members had the opportunity to speak with the astronauts for about twenty minutes. They covered a range of topics such as, the challenges of long duration space travel, including the limitations of remote medical capabilities; the strength and interdependencies of the international partnership; the goal of sending humans to Mars; and the inspirational value of human spaceflight.
During the hearing, Rep. Perlmutter thanked the Astronauts for their service to the nation and to the future, and asked them about the probability of getting astronauts to Mars by 2033.
“Thank you to NASA Astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren for spending time with the Science, Space and Technology Committee this morning,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “I've been pushing our Committee to support getting American astronauts to Mars by 2033, and I’m pleased Commander Kelly agrees this is an achievable goal worthy of the investment and support of our nation.”
To view the full conversation with Capt. Scott Kelly and Dr.Kjell Lindgren from the International Space Station, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKsrWvFpnOg&feature=youtu.be&t=55m22s
For more information about the Science, Space and Technology Committee, visit http://democrats.science.house.gov.