Dean Leshin Discusses Space Policy on Capitol Hill
School of Science Dean Laurie Leshin spoke on Capitol Hill Jan. 28 when the American Chemical Society Science & the Congress Project and the American Geophysical Union—with honorary co-hosts the Senate S&T Caucus, Co-Chairs Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) —hosted a panel discussion titled “Space Technology Policy: Exploring Options.”
The panelists were Christopher Chyba, Princeton University (moderator), Steve Davis, SpaceX; Laurie Leshin, Rensselaer; Mason Peck, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and Jeffrey Thayer, University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Apollo Program spawned a space-based infrastructure that enables modern living: Communication, weather monitoring, and geographical positioning are critical infrastructures that permit and enhance global safety and security while providing economic opportunity and growth. Today many nations are building up space-based technologies to capitalize the American-style ingenuity launched over 50 years ago.
In considering directions for U.S. space policy, the panel discussed options geared to maximize economy-driving innovation, exploration, and achievement.
To view a video of the discussion, go to http://bit.ly/Wuv6iO