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The International Space Station: A Platform for Research, Collaboration, and Discovery

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Location: Russell Senate Office Building Room 253, Washington, DC, US, 20510

10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on "The International Space Station: A Platform for Research, Collaboration, and Discovery." With assembly of the International Space Station complete as of May 2011, the focus has now shifted from construction to full scientific utilization through 2020 and beyond. This hearing will examine research progress, the potential for scientific breakthroughs, and any impediments to maximizing the utilization of this orbiting national laboratory.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact Collenne Wider at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.

Witness Panel 1

Mr. William Gerstenmaier , Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr. Donald Pettit , Astronaut National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mr. James Royston , Interim Executive Director Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

Mr. Thomas Reiter, Director, Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations European Space Agency

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