I just received some interesting email about the NRC looking for input on human space flight. This is a great opportunity to let our voices be heard on an important issue, so please share this, and considering submitting a short input paper of your own.
From: David Brandt-Erichsen
Announcement of Opportunity to Submit Input to Study on Human Spaceflight
Deadline is July 9
The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of
Sciences is currently conducting a congressionally-requested study
to examine the goals, core capabilities, and direction of human
space flight. This study, which is being carried out by the NRC’s
Committee on Human Spaceflight, will provide findings and
recommendations to guide the U.S. human spaceflight enterprise in a
sustainable manner. The Committee on Human Spaceflight recognizes
the importance of reaching out to the communities interested in
human exploration and is using several approaches to solicit input
regarding the motivations, goals, and the possible evolution of
human spaceflight. One important source of input is this call for
short papers from communities around the world with an interest in
The Committee on Human Spaceflight invites interested individuals
and groups to submit input papers describing their own ideas on the
role of human spaceflight and their vision for a suggested future.
In developing their papers, respondents are asked to carefully
consider the following broad questions.
1. What are the important benefits provided to the United States and
other countries by human spaceflight endeavors?
2. What are the greatest challenges to sustaining a U.S. government
program in human spaceflight?
3. What are the ramifications and what would the nation and world
lose if the United States terminated NASA’s human spaceflight
In discussing the above questions, respondents are asked to describe
the reasoning that supports their arguments and, to the extent
possible, include or cite any evidence that supports their views. In
considering #1 above, submitters may consider private as well as
government space programs.
This request for input papers is open to any and all interested
individuals and groups. For more information on the committee and
the goals of the study, please see the statement of task at http://www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.
Formatting and Length Requirements
To facilitate document management, the Committee asks that
submitters abide by the following formatting guidelines:
• Input papers should not be more than 4 pages in length. Papers can
include web links to other documents among the references.
• Use a 10 or 12-pt font with 1-inch margins on all sides of the
• Use Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). No other
formats will be accepted.
• Authors are responsible for obtaining any permissions necessary to
use, or for the NRC to reproduce, copyrighted material.
• Position papers must be less than 50 MB in size. For file
management purposes, please compress your figures if this does not
detract from the clarity of your white paper. You should feel free
to include hyperlinks to high resolution versions.
• A cover page can be included (beyond the 4-page limit) that shows
the title of the white paper, a short abstract, the primary author’s
name, phone number, institution, and email address, and a list of
co-authors with their respective institutions.
Utilization of the Papers
All submitted papers will be reviewed by the Committee on Human
Spaceflight. Note that, because participants will be self-selected,
these input papers will not be used to judge the prevalence of
attitudes or opinions within various communities. However, they will
help ensure that the committee hears about important issues from
interested parties. The submitted papers will also be available for
public viewing at http://bit.ly/13mEg1i. All input papers will be considered non-proprietary for distribution with attribution.
Please submit your white paper by navigating to http://bit.ly/11edCc8. Clicking on the appropriate link there which will take you to a page where you can upload your input paper as instructed. You must agree to the copyright consent form on that page before uploading your document. Doing so will ensure that your paper will be reviewed by the committee and that your contribution will be made publicly available.
Submissions must be made through http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_083343 by no later than July 9, 2013. All submitted white papers will be made public.
What do you think? Should we pursue human space flight, or leave it to the robots?