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CSF Endorses S.1694, the “One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act”

Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson Chairwoman, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Kendra Horn
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Space House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Frank Lucas
Ranking Member, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

U.S. House of Representatives

Hon. Brian Babin
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
U.S. House of Representatives

 

Dear Chairwoman Johnson, Ranking Member Lucas, Chairwoman Horn, and Ranking Member Babin:

I am writing on behalf of the companies and organizations that make up the Commercial Spaceflight Federation to provide our strong endorsement of the House’s Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to the bill S.1694, the “One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act,” and to thank you for bringing this legislation to the House floor today via the Suspension Calendar. Of course, Senators Peters and Cruz are to be commended for sponsoring the original version of this legislation and passing it through the Senate last year. We particularly appreciate the efforts of Pam Whitney and Tom Hammond on your professional staffs and Tristan Brown on Sen. Peters’ staff in focusing and improving this legislation.

The U.S. commercial space industry has achieved many historic firsts this year, but our eyes are focused forward on bringing new space products and services to market to benefit our customers in the private, public, and academic sectors. Just as we have shown we can deliver experiments and people to suborbital space and now to Low Earth Orbit, we are hard at work developing low-cost spacecraft to orbit and land experiments on the Moon. Several of our members are already working on designing, developing, and even conducting early flight tests of systems capable of landing heavy cargo and human beings on the lunar surface, enabling America to return to Earth’s Moon in this decade, this time to stay.

All of our companies, employees, suppliers, partners, and investors recognize that our efforts and accomplishments today and in the future are made possible because another generation looked up at Earth’s Moon and realized the Apollo program, a transformative human achievement the whole world looks back on and celebrates every July 20th. NASA originally created its “Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities: How to Protect and Preserve the Historic and Scientific Value of U.S. Government Lunar Artifacts” in 2011 in response to industry requests for guidance regarding planned commercial robotic missions to the Moon. Today’s legislation formalizes these recommendations and applies them to NASA-involved missions. We welcome this step and pledge to work with NASA to protect humanity’s first steps on another world, even as we enable many more astronauts, scientists, and entrepreneurs to set foot on Earth’s Moon and blaze a trail towards expansion of our civilization to this closest celestial body.

Thank you again for your work to support the commercial space sector’s growing role in advancing U.S. leadership in space, and we wish you, your colleagues, and all of your staff members a happy and safe holiday season.

 

Sincerely,

Audrey Powers

Chairwoman of the Board

Commercial Spaceflight Federation