What if the Senate had a hearing on Mars and no one came?
Two out of twenty-five Senators bothered to show up to Wednesday's hearing
There was a Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration today, "From Low-Earth Orbit to Mars". It was held by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which oversees NASA.
Empty Senate Hearing Chairs
Empty chairs dominate the senate chamber at the "From LEO to Mars" hearing.
Due to the massive budget cuts facing the planetary science program and the removal of NASA participation from the 2016 and 2018 joint-ESA Mars missions, this should've been a very important hearing. Steve Squyres, Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council and Principal Investigator of the Mars Exploration Rovers, was there, as well as John Grotzinger, the Project Scientist for MSL Curiosity.
Only two senators made it to this hearing, though: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
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More about this hearing later.
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