Rationales for a U.S. Human Spaceflight Program -- New Report June 4


The United States has publicly funded its human spaceflight program for more than a half-century.  Yet, a national consensus on the long-term future of human spaceflight beyond the U.S. commitment to the International Space Station remains elusive.


A new report from the National Research Council, Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration, describes the rationales for human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit and develops recommendations that could guide the U.S. human spaceflight program in a sustainable manner.



Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Tuesday, June 3.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 4.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.


Members of the authoring committee will present the report’s findings and recommendations and respond to questions at a public briefing beginning at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 4 at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  Advance registration is requested.  Those who cannot attend in person may view a live webcast of the event.  Registration and webcast information is available at http://nas.edu/humanspaceflight.