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Mark Sykes Discusses Exploring NASA’s Science Mission

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PSI Director Mark Sykes testified before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics at a hearing on Discovery on the Frontiers of Space: Exploring NASA’s Science Mission, on June 11 in Washington, D.C.  

Sykes presented Congresspeople information looking forward to the Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) mission, returning humans to the Moon by 2024, and strengthening NASA’s Planetary Research and Data Analysis programs, while warning against giving any administration authorization to restructure NASA without Congressional oversight. 

“I am pleased with the attention they paid to the research programs, and the role of science in everything we do, including human exploration,” he said.  

Sykes said NASA needs a science team to provide support for a long-term operational presence on the Moon and to immediately deploy a rover to investigate the availability of water ice in the shadowed craters near the proposed South Pole lunar base. "We also need to understand and mitigate the impact of that presence on the tenuous lunar atmosphere." 

Visit to see a recording of the hearing.

June 23, 2019
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