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Feb. 8, 2006
RELEASE : 06-058
NASA Advisory Council Meets in Washington
The NASA Advisory Council, chaired by former Senator and Apollo moon walker Harrison Schmitt, will meet in public session today and Thursday in Washington.

The meetings are in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Hemisphere A Conference Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, today from 2 to 5 p.m. EST, and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

NASA officials will continue to update the council members on work to realize the Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for human missions to the moon and Mars. The council will also hear reports from its five committees.

"I am looking forward to hearing from the council committees on their recent fact-finding meetings," Senator Schmitt said. "The full council will then be able to discuss any recommendations that may have resulted from these activities."

Each committee will examine an issue of importance in their discipline.

--The Aeronautics Committee will examine NASA's aeronautics priorities and plans

--The Audit and Finance Committee will look at NASA's financial management plan and status of financial management systems.

--The Exploration Committee will delve into the reasons for NASA to undertake future exploration missions.

--The Human Capital Committee will focus on future human resource needs to implement the Vision for Space Exploration.

--The Science Committee will look at general science priorities with a focus on lunar science related to the Vision for Space Exploration.

A full agenda is available on the Web at:

The NASA Advisory Council was chartered in 1977. Its mission is to provide the NASA administrator with counsel and advice. Members are leading experts in their fields, such as aerospace, science, and management. The council includes two Apollo moon walkers. For more information about the NASA Advisory Council, including a full membership listing on the Web, visit:

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