Space Foundation supports exploration policy implementation plan

       The Space Foundation, headquartered on the Colorado Springs Westside, has broadly endorsed the findings and recommendations of the President's Commission on Implemen-tation of United States Space Exploration Policy.
        “The report offers smart ideas for restructuring NASA and rightly challenges the space agency to more fully rely on commercial space resources as it explores our solar system and beyond,” said Elliot G. Pulham, president and chief executive officer of the Space Foundation. “Chair-man Edward C. 'Pete' Aldridge and his commission have produced a sweeping set of recommendations in a compressed time frame. The challenge now is for NASA to respond in kind.”
        The endorsement was the result of a “management decision by the Space Foundation leadership team,” said Steve Eisenhart, the Foundation's senior vice president of policy and public affairs.
       Although the federal government and NASA are under no obligation to respond to the Space Foundation endorsement, he noted that the Foundation has been closely involved in the development of the President's Commission's recommendations. Two members of the Space Foundation board (Robert Walker and Neil Tyson) served on the Commission, and Founda-tion staffers provided testimony at two of the five Commission hearings, Eisenhart said.
       Entitled “A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover,” the report was requested by President George W. Bush following his Jan. 14 address that outlined NASA's new exploration goals. Among the findings and recommendations were a call to make space exploration a national priority, offer a larger role for the private sector, change NASA organization and management processes and stimulate science, math and engineering education for students and teachers
        The Space Foundation is a non-profit organization that is best known in the region for organizing the annual Space Symposium at the Broadmoor in April. Its web site is spacefoundation.org.

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