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Dear Colleague,

Happy New Year and welcome to the first legislative week of 2018! We are excited to kick-off the New Year with a free professional development opportunity for congressional staffers. As part of our ongoing effort to promote space education we have teamed
up with the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration to bring you a nine-part series designed to establish or build upon an existing foundation of space science and space technology. Below is the course description and curriculum as well as a registration POC.
This series will begin on Friday 26 January from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rayburn HOB room 2325 and we hope you will join us to learn from a diverse group of guest speakers and to network with other staffers who share a passion for space exploration!


Bill Posey
Member of Congress


On behalf of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration – a national organization focused on American leadership in space, science and technology – we would like to invite you to register for a new Congressional Space Study Series over the course of 2018 that
will explore the history, operation and management of NASA’s human and science exploration programs. 

This program’s curriculum will provide staff with a comprehensive overview of the key elements of our space program and will feature distinguished guest speakers at each class, including senior NASA leadership, astronauts and industry officials.  Staff who
attend eight of the nine classes throughout the year will receive a certificate for completing the program at the end of the series. 

The nine-part series will be held on Capitol Hill on the last Friday morning of each month.  Each session will comprise part of a comprehensive curriculum designed to help Congressional staff better understand space policy, NASA operations and key processes
that drive our space program. The schedule is summarized below, and additional details regarding specific dates, room locations and guest lecturers will follow shortly.

January: Introduction to Space, Part 1

Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the scope of human space exploration, space science, and space commerce, and be able to identify the interdependencies among them.

February: Introduction to Space, Part 2 – Human Space Exploration

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe and identify NASA’s programs in Human Space Flight (HSF) and describe the objectives of each program.

March: Human Spaceflight Operations

Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the “nuts-and-bolts” of human spaceflight operations, its risks, and its evolution over time.

April: Astronautics

Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the training, experience, and risks of participating in spaceflight missions from those who have done them, and who plan to do them.

May: Introduction to Space, Part 3 – Science

Learning objective: Participants will be able to identify the four major areas of NASA Space Science and to describe the scope of each.

June: The Role of the National Academies

Learning objective: Participants will understand the role of the National Academies and the interactions between it, NASA, and the Congress.

July: Introduction to Space, Part 4 – Commerce

Learning objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the history of space commerce, its current state of development and topical issues to be addressed in order for it continue to develop.

August: Program Management 101

Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the basics of government program management with particular emphasis on real-world impact of funding, schedule, and risk management in a development environment.

September: Looking ahead:  Exploration, Science and Commerce – the role of government and industry (Capstone session)

Learning Objectives: Participants will participate in a discussion of the role of government, role of industry, and conduct of science in an integrated world.

The Coalition’s President and CEO, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, will lead the classes along with guest lecturers and invited guest panelists.  Dr. Dittmar is a former professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, was a member of the Human Spaceflight Committee
at the National Research Council, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  As CEO of her own consultancy firm, she has years of expertise guiding
defense, aerospace and technology businesses and has long been a strategic advisor to government.

This lecture series is designed to help Congressional staff who are currently handling a space portfolio or have an interest in working on space issues in the future. The program is limited to current staff and invited guests and there is no fee to participate. 

For more information about the Coalition, please visit:

To register for this Space Studies Series, please email Tiffani Hutton at by Friday, January 19.

Related Legislative Issues

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Homeland Security, Immigration, Intelligence, Judiciary, Labor, Natural Resources, Rules/Legislative Branch, Science, Small Business, Social Security

Related Event Information

Event Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Event Start: 1/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
Event End: 1/26/2018 12:00:00 PM

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