Letter From Congress

    Congress of the United States.

    September 26, 2007

    As leaders of the Congressional committees with primary oversight responsibilities for the U.S. civil space program, we congratulate the men and women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for a half-century of achievement toward fulfilling its mission to preserve “the role as the United States as a leader in aeronautical and space science and technology.” NASA’s astronauts, scientists, and engineers, in collaboration with U.S. industry, academia, and international partners, have expanded the boundaries of knowledge and exploration. Through the first human footprints on the Moon, robotic missions to the planets of our solar system, advances in Earth science, the amazing discoveries by the Hubble Space Telescope, new insights into the complex dynamics of the Sun, and breakthroughs in aeronautics that have strengthened America’s aviation competitiveness, NASA has inspired generations of scientists and improved our quality of life. The agency embodies the quest for knowledge and discovery that is characteristic of America’s heritage.

    As NASA enters its second half-century, we look to NASA to continue pushing the boundaries of science and technology in pursuing its mission. NASA’s successes inspire us all and provide benefits at home. We salute the entire NASA team for your dedication, talent, and commitment.

    Sincerely,

    Daniel K. Inouye, Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Bill Nelson, Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences. Mark Udall, Chairman, House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
    Daniel K. Inouye,
    Chairman,
    Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    Bill Nelson,
    Chairman,
    Senate Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences
    Mark Udall,
    Chairman,
    House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
    Ted Stevens, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking Member, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences. Tom Feeney, Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
    Ted Stevens,
    Vice-Chairman,
    Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    Kay Bailey Hutchison,
    Ranking Member,
    Senate Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences
    Tom Feeney,
    Ranking Member,
    House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
    Bart Gordon, Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology. Barbara Mikulski, Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Alan Mollohan, Chairman, House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.
    Bart Gordon,
    Chairman,
    House Committee on Science and Technology
    Barbara Mikulski,
    Chairman,
    Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    Alan Mollohan,
    Chairman,
    House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    Ralph M. Hall, Ranking Member, House Committee on Science and Technology. Richard Shelby, Ranking Member, Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.
    Ralph M. Hall,
    Ranking Member,
    House Committee on Science and Technology
    Richard Shelby,
    Ranking Member,
    Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    Rodney Frelinghuysen,
    Ranking Member,
    House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies