Viewing options for first National Space Council meeting

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Keith Cowing of NASAWatch has located details about the time and video viewing opportunities for Thursday’s first public meeting of the National Space Council.

The event will be streamed online on NASA TV and via starting around 10:00 am. The event itself is only 2 to 2.5 hours long (not mentioned on the advisory).

…There is nothing online anywhere to suggest that the public can attend this event so it looks like it is going to be an expensive photo op with only a select few actually in attendance listening to pre-written statements being read before the cameras. The expense of taking over a large portion of a busy museum seems to be for the purpose of providing impressive backdrops for a meeting that is mostly show and little substance.

The advisory still provides no details about speakers.



  • wayne

    Has anyone searched C-SPAN for this? (I have not as of yet.)

  • LocalFluff

    The Space Council still consists only out of cabinet and other high politics people, right? Will they announce what spacemen members it will have?

  • mike shupp

    The National Space Council is supposed to be a very high level group, concerned with national issues. Will NASA fund the development of instruments for the next four weather satellites or should we leave that with NOAA? Does DoD need a high latitude launch site in Alaska and will it launch big or small rockets from there? Should the country spend five billion dollars on a satellite to eavesdrop now and then on foreign communication satellites for the NSA, or should we spend fity billion for half a dozen satellites that pick up everything?

    These aren’t issues that astronauts or NASA staff members or project scientists concern themselves with.

    (Let me note, in a contrary mode, that there’s NO evidence ever that the NSC actually functioned in such a fashion. Space policy is generally set by Presidents, since Eisenhower’s days, with Vice Preisdents running about as cheer leaders. Moreover, there’s not the slightest indication yet that the Trump NSC will ever convene to debate space issues — so far it’s shaping up as a glee club.)

  • mike shupp: I think you will find my op-ed tomorrow at the Federalist interesting.

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