he chairman of the House space subcommittee said in Huntsville Thursday that upcoming hearings on the dangers of near-Earth objects like the Russian meteor will mean “tough questions” about NASA’s mission.
“We have to ask some difficult, tough questions about near-Earth objects,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) said in an interview. “Are we focusing our dollars in the right place? Should we be worrying about Mars or distant planets, or should we be worried about the things that could disrupt our way of life on Earth?”
Palazzo, who chairs the space subcommittee of the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology, was in Huntsville for his first tour of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. He was escorted by subcommittee vice-chairman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville). Palazzo represents Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, home to NASA’s Stennis Space Center. That is where the propulsion systems developed at Marshall are tested.