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|Published:||26 June 2001|
|Origin:||. Tuesday, 26 June 2001. Written Testimony Prepared for The United States House of Representatives. Committee on Science. Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Hearing on "Space Tourism". 2318 Rayburn Building|
Mr. Chairman, Mr. Gordon and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, I am honored to have been asked to testify before you today. I hope that my testimony will bring a unique perspective with regard to the United States space program and our ability to work cooperatively with Russia and our other partners in the International Space Station (ISS).
It is my understanding that during today's hearing the members of the subcommittee are interested in reviewing the issues and opportunities for flying nonprofessional astronauts in space, the appropriate governmental role for supporting the nascent space tourism industry, use of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station for tourism, safety and training criteria for space tourists and the potential commercial market for space tourism.
More specifically, I have been asked to address the following:
I am happy to address all of the aforementioned topics, but do ask that testimony that goes beyond a retelling of my personal experience be considered that of a non-expert in human space flight.
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