Space Exploration

I, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, chaired a hearing on Tuesday titled, "The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges." As military, civil, and commercial interests and...
The Advancing Human Spaceflight Act focuses on the continuation and development of technologies to empower human spaceflight and launch the United States into a new era of space exploration This legislation helps...
Today, staff, colleagues, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the portrait unveiling honoring House Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith. Congressman Smith has served as Chairman of the Committee since...
For almost two decades, humanity has maintained a presence on the International Space Station. Barely 100 years after the first 12-second airplane flight, humans are now living in space. The U.S. government is now debating...
Today Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and I announced we plan to launch a new bipartisan Planetary Science Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. The Planetary Science Caucus will unite members of both...
I participated in the third of a series of planned hearings to explore the reopening of the American frontier in space. The hearing, titled “Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space...
The two private citizens — who have not been named — approached SpaceX about the trip, according to a statement from the company. The individuals will be the only crew members on board what is expected to be about a week-...
U.S. Representative John Culberson (TX-07) and I introduced a bill to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop plans for the future of U.S.
NASA’s next cargo delivery vehicle—a spunky little space plane that looks like it could be an offspring of the space shuttle—is getting ready to fly. The svelte and snub nosed Dream Chaser will soon be shipped to the Mojave...
This week, National Geographic celebrates the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th birthday with a roundup of its best pictures from the past year, including colorful clouds, gigantic pillars, and glittering galaxies.
The Space Frontier Act moves our nation forward in taking the critical step of continuing the operations and utilization of the International Space Station through 2030, securing the United States' competitive edged against...
SpaceX
"For people from the immediate area around Brownsville and the border region," he said, "to see front-end technology in our backyard is really exciting."
I recently chaired a hearing entitled “The Search for Life: Utilizing Science to Explore our Solar System and Make New Discoveries.” During the hearing, expert witnesses discussed progress that the National Aeronautics and...
I recently spoke to the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to underscore my commitment to their work, and to ensure that NASA receives the funding and guidance necessary to maintain America’s...
Heavy rocket roared to life on Wednesday at 12:30 pm Eastern, as SpaceX fired up the 27 Merlin engines that power the triple-booster rocket at Kennedy Space Center. Perched atop what CEO Elon Musk claims will be the most...
Tuesday I chaired the second of a series of planned hearings to explore the reopening of the American frontier in space. Tuesday's hearing titled ‘Reopening the American Frontier: Exploring How the Outer Space Treaty Will...
Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial...
I look forward to continuing the progress we have made on the Space, Science, and Competitiveness subcommittee in advancing a bipartisan NASA reauthorization bill that will provide NASA with the stability it needs and ensure...
It has been an exciting few months for space enthusiasts everywhere.
In the movie, "The Martian," Matt Damon was a fictional astronaut stranded on Mars. In reality, the head of NASA says astronauts could set foot on the Red Planet within the next twenty years. "We think we're on the right...

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