23 June 2001
Events - Tourism (Good)
House Subcommittee Meeting on Space Tourism
by Carol Pinchefsky
What with Dennis Tito's highly successful run as a space tourist and NASA recently acknowledged as one of the U.S. government's least efficient branches, it seems that the pendulum of fate may swing at last.

The U.S. government is holding a House Subcommittee meeting on space tourism on June 26, the day after the Space Transportation Association's "Going Public 2001" conference, also in Washington, DC. This event is open to the public, so you can watch American tax dollars at work while at the same time show your support for space tourism. If you've never found your way into a government building except in response to a jury summons, this is a wonderful opportunity.

And as an added bonus, Dennis Tito and Buzz Aldrin, among others, will be testifying.

The meeting is from 2:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M., located at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

Will the United States embrace space tourism as a likely source of income, as well as an inspiration for future generations? Will NASA be finally given a knuckle-rapping for overspending with few results? Or will the status quo be maintained and NASA become the unworthy recipient of yet another budget increase? Tune in next week for the next chapter in this continuing saga.

(Thanks to Alan Breakstone for the URL)
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Carol Pinchefsky 23 June 2001
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