A reader forwards this item: Ralph Hall to chair Science panel – Robin Bravender/POLITICO.com.
It’s a shame that Dana Roharbacher didn’t get the job but maybe Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) won’t be all bad. He’s obviously biased towards conventional NASA policy but perhaps he will at least listen to arguments for commercial crew and call balanced witness panels, unlike Rep. Giffords. I remember that Hall was at the award ceremony on Capital Hill back in 2009 for the Lunar Lander Challenge. He had nice things to say about commercial space efforts like that of Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space. Perhaps he will eventually find out that SpaceX is also a Texas company.