Offer Some Advice on NASA’s Future, While Someone’s Listening
NASA was directed by Congress to re-assess its future, as part of the agency’s 2012 appropriations bill. The task, which must be completed soon, was assigned to the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies.
The National Academies serve as a Congressional think tank.
Congress was motivated by the prospect for future spending constraints to deal with the growing federal deficit.
As part of the task, the NRC is seeking public response to nine specific questions about the future of space exploration and NASA.
They address budget, program direction including human versus robotic exploration and international collaboration.
The response period is open through Aug. 17.
Meanwhile, a panel of NRC experts is combing through NASA’s founding 1958 legislation, dozens of past reports on NASA priorities and interviewing many of the men and women who have advanced the agency’s objectives in the past.
Here’s a primer from open.nasa.gov on the project with a link to the on-line questionnaire.
Answers are limited to 300 words.
The NRC’s report is slated for release late this year.