About the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Committee

The Obama Administration on May 7, 2009 announced the launch of an independent
review of planned U.S. human space flight activities with the goal of ensuring that the nation is
on a vigorous and sustainable path to achieving its boldest aspirations in space. The review will
be conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts led by Norman Augustine, the former CEO of
Lockheed Martin, who served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology under Democratic and Republican presidents and led the 1990 Advisory Committee
on the Future of the U.S. Space Program and the 2007 National Academies commission that
produced the landmark report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing
America for a Brighter Economic Future, as well as a number of other high-profile national

The "Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans" is to examine ongoing and planned
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) development activities, as well as
potential alternatives, and present options for advancing a safe, innovative, affordable, and
sustainable human space flight program in the years following Space Shuttle retirement. The
panel will work closely with NASA and will seek input from Congress, the White House, the
public, industry, and international partners as it develops its options. It is to present its results in
time to support an Administration decision on the way forward by August 2009.

> View the Letter from OSTP Requesting Review (pdf, 193K)
> View the NASA Response Letter (pdf, 48K)
> View the OSTP Press Release Announcing Review (pdf, 50k)
> View the NASA Press Release Launching Human Space Flight Review Web Site for Public Use (doc, 32k)