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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

Citizens for Space Exploration

2009 DC Trip Report

May 18-20, 2009

Washington, DC


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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.


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

  • 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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

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


Citizens for space exploration 2009 dc trip report

Save the Date:

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


Thank you

Thank You


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