The Future of Civil Space Exploration
The Honorable Donna F. Edwards (MD-4)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Introduction and moderation by:
James A. Lewis
Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS
Monday, July 8, 2013
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Investments in the nation’s space program have spurred innovation and inspired future generations to look to the next frontier. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards discusses the importance of federal investment in civilian space activities and the role of NASA as a driver for inspiration, innovation, and economic growth.
Congresswoman Edwards touches on the technological developments derived from the historic Apollo missions and the case for the United States to maintain a robust, globally competitive space program.
She discusses the need to establish a unifying vision for deep space exploration, outlining the challenges and benefits of a mission to Mars. Her remarks are followed by a discussion with James Andrew Lewis, senior fellow and director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at CSIS, and a Q&A session.
Congresswoman Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, comprising portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. She serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Space.