President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy

The President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy was a Presidential Commission formed by United States President George W. Bush on January 27, 2004, through the Executive Order 13326.[1] Its final report was submitted on June 4, 2004.

Cover page of final report


There were nine members of the commission:[2]


There were five public hearings held by the commission to gain a variety of different perspectives. They were as follows:


The committee's findings and recommendations were:*[3]

  • Space exploration must be a national priority
  • NASA's relationship to the private sector must be transformed
  • Key technologies must be developed
  • A robust space industry is required
  • International resources are valuable
  • A space program can stimulate math, science, and engineering education

See also


  1. ^ "Executive Order: President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy". Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  2. ^ "Personnel Announcement". 2004-01-30. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  3. ^ "Report of the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy" (PDF). June 2004. Retrieved 2017-01-09.

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