Senators Debate Adding Funds To Accelerate Space Programs

By Dietrich Knauth (July 16, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT) -- Senate Armed Services and Commerce committee members expressed frustration about the U.S.'s continued reliance on Russian rockets for NASA and Air Force space launches Wednesday and debated adding more funds to expedite efforts to build a new generation of American-made launch vehicles.

The Commerce space subcommittee's chairman, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., noted that the day's hearing took place on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch that sent the first astronauts to the moon, and emphasized space exploration's importance to research, commerce and national security. Senators questioned witnesses from the Air Force and NASA, and other government and private sector...

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