Hall Rejects NASA Advisory Council Space Station Report
Rep. Ralph Hall (D-TX), the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Science Committee, issued the following statement concerning the NASA Advisory Council report on the International Space Station:
"I am surprised and disappointed by the NASA Advisory Council's (NAC) December 19th letter to the NASA Administrator regarding the Space Station Task Force Report. I had hoped that the NAC's deliberations would provide some sorely needed direction on two of the main issues that were papered-over in the Young report: that OMB's redesign would both eliminate the Station's capacity to meet its scientific goals and violate commitments to our International Partners. Instead, the NAC has chosen to
- Re-open the debate about the goals of the Space Station program - goals that were clear among the Partners until OMB crippled the program by cutting the Station's crew size to 3;
- Offer vague generalities about the need to consult with the International Partners; and
- Accept OMB's gutting of the Space Station's science program.
The NASA Advisory Council has rendered important services to the Nation in the past. Although I am disappointed in their analysis, I remain a staunch supporter of NASA and the space program."