From: The Honorable Donna F. Edwards
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Date: 3/28/2014

Support funding for the SLS/Orion system in FY2015

**This is a Programmatic Request**


Dear Colleague,

I urge you to join me in sending the attached letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee requesting at least level funding for the SLS/Orion program.

The combined SLS/Orion system plays a critical role in the future of American deep space exploration. The space program, in turn, fuels new innovation, spurs the development of new technologies and inspires the next generation of engineers and scientists. Thus, the investment that we make allows for a direct economic return and enables both current and future industry partnerships.

An integrated test flight of the combined SLS/Orion system will occur in 2017, and the first crewed flight is scheduled for 2021. These tests are critical for the successful continuing development of the program, and having at least level funding will allow NASA to meet these crucial target objectives. The deadline to sign on is Noon on Friday, March 28. For more information or to sign on, please email Anne Nelson (


Donna F. Edwards

Member of Congress