Our vision of “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity” can only be fulfilled through concrete steps involving Congress and other key sectors of our society. One of these key sectors consists of new space companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and others, which have dramatically lowered development and launch costs for spacecraft and brought us to the brink of a new space age.
Unfortunately, a new House bill, H.R. 5666, if enacted by Congress and signed by the President, would require the United States to abandon the Moon after a “flags and footprints” lunar landing, and would effectively prevent these new commercial firms from bringing sustainable human presence to the Moon.
In support for the better alternative of fixed price, milestone-driven public-private contracts for lunar landers and infrastructure in space, we urge you to read this short Space News op-ed and send it by email to your Congressperson and Senators along with your personal comments as soon as possible.
Note: Please DO NOT call congressional offices directly as most of them will be shut down for the foreseeable future.
Thanks for carrying out this crucial action!
NSS Policy Committee Deputy Chair