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Citizens for Space Exploration 2009 DC Trip Report. May 18-20, 2009 Washington, DC. General Trip Information. 18 th Annual Trip 115 Travelers, including 26 Students / Educators 24 States were represented, including

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Citizens for Space Exploration

2009 DC Trip Report

May 18-20, 2009

Washington, DC

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General Trip Information

  • 18th Annual Trip
  • 115 Travelers, including 26 Students / Educators
  • 24 States were represented, including
  • AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NJ, NY,
  • NC, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA and WI
  • 341 meetings with Congressional offices (333 last year) from 49 states including 70% of the Senate and 63% of the House
  • Final report delivered to NASA Headquarters prior to departing D.C.
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2009 Freshman Representatives

  • A major objective was to meet with as many Freshman as possible
  • We met with 92% of Senate Freshman and 84% of House Freshman Members
  • 5 Freshman Members spoke at our Congressional reception
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26 Students / Educators

  • Message: NASA inspires youth to be involved with sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Students / Educators recognized at the Congressional Reception

Student / Educator Participation

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Key Messages

  • Congressional support for NASA is vital to
  • our economy’s success and America’s
  • Human Space Exploration program
  • The space industry includes high-tech jobs and creates new jobs in spinoff industries
  • Public supports space exploration
  • Space Exploration benefits our Nation’s Education and Healthcare goals
  • An investment of 1% of our Federal Budget for NASA promotes U.S. leadership
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Congressional Response

  • There is a wide range of awareness of America’s space exploration program
  • Many offices feel that NASA needs to do a better job explaining the benefits of space to Congress
  • Many expressed a concern for limited budget resources
  • Some offices welcomed the “1% for Our Future” formula as a clear and worthy goal
  • Offices were very interested in how space relates to jobs in their district
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Traveler Briefing

  • Teams formed with focus on specific state visits based on their students home or school
  • NASA briefings by Mary D. Kerwin and Alan Ladwig
  • Time for teams to work together to plan their office visit strategy for the next two days
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Congressional Reception

  • 11 Congressional Speakers including:
  • Senator Voinovich (OH)
  • Representatives: Brown (SC), A. Green (TX), G. Green (TX), Griffith (AL), Kosmas (FL), Kucinich (OH), Olson (TX), Poe (TX), Posey (FL) and Thompson (PA)
  • Student / Educator recognition
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New for 2009

NASA Supporter - Representative Gabrielle

Giffords (AZ) - Chair of the House Science and Technology Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee met personally with CSE on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday morning

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Special Thanks

  • Trip Sponsorship / Support
    • Aerospace Advisory Committee
  • Student Sponsorship
    • Aerospace Advisory Committee
    • Barrios Technology
    • The Boeing Company
    • National Space Club –
    • Huntsville Chapter
  • In-kind Services
    • United Space Alliance
    • Guidry News
  • Special Sponsorships
    • Lockheed Martin
    • The Boeing Company
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Save the Date:

Next year’s trip is set for May 17 to 19, 2010

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