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The Honorable Ralph Hall Joins Discussion on ISS Budget Crises

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2001 – The Space Frontier Foundation, in conjunction with FINDS and ProSpace, announces the eighth in our series of Space Roundtables at the United States Senate. Titled "The ISS Costs Crisis: A Spectrum of Solutions", this program will explore a range of ideas to help increase the capabilities of the International Space Station.

The program will be held on Wednesday, September 26th on Capitol Hill. The International Space Station program faces significant challenges due to spiraling construction costs. Current proposed solutions seriously hamper the capabilities of ISS and could detract from its long-term value. Conversely, covering the overruns would have a substantial impact on other NASA programs. The Roundtable will examine various proposals designed to help overcome the present challenges and get ISS back on track. Senator Bill Nelson will serve as Sponsoring Chair of the program.

Other participants will include:
Representative Dana Rohrabacher, (Chairman, Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science)
Representative Ralph Hall, (Ranking Democrat Member, House Science Committee)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The European Space Agency
The National Research Council
Constellation Services International

Presentations will include:
Commercial Habitation Services;
Increasing the Participation of the International Partners;
Alternative Access To ISS;
Non-Governmental Organizations and Privatization Options for ISS.

Others panelists will be announced shortly. You are cordially invited to attend the program. There is no charge. Simply RSVP to prospace@prospace.org. Please provide your name, company or affiliation and your telephone number.

The particulars for the Roundtable are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192
See you at the Roundtable!

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