Leroy Chiao former NASA Astronaut reports on State of U.S. Space Program

Suzanne Kai

 

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Former NASA astronaut and ISS commander Leroy Chiao, and Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation issued a report "LOST IN SPACE" on the state of the U.S. space program on May 19, 2016.

Read the entire report at The Mark News website. 
 
Chiao and Pulham's report says, "The U.S. space program is handicapped by a lack of funding – and, even more crucially, a lack of clear direction. So much so that the U.S. now risks watching from the sidelines as other world powers – notably Russia and China – take the lead in establishing a base on the moon as a stepping stone for a human mission to Mars. 
 
As the race for president of the United States moves closer to Election Day, the candidates’ near silence on space-related issues becomes more conspicuous – and more unsettling."

Read more by Dr. Leroy Chiao at his website LeroyChiao.com

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Chiao was Commander of the International Space Station during ISS Expedition 10 where he lived on board from October 13, 2004 to April 23, 2005. During his 15 years at NASA, he flew four space missions, performed six spacewalks and has logged nearly 230 days in space.

In 2004 and 2005, Chiao communicated from space to editor Lia Chang to post here at AsianConnections. Today, Chiao is busy working in space technology research and ventures, and is a popular motivational speaker and educator.   

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In 2004 and 2005 Astronaut Leroy Chiao transmitted blog posts and Q&A with editor Lia Chang for AsianConnections. Most of the communication was conducted beginning with the Expedition 10 mission pre-launch period and continued to transmit from space beginning in October, 2004 while he was Commander of the International Space Station for six and a half months.

Chiao and his crew conducted numerous scientific experiments on board the International Space Station, including researching new AIDS vaccines, and conducting physiological experiments to measure how well humans can adapt to zero gravity.  

Blog highlights from the International Space Station Mission:

October 14, 2004 Leroy Chiao - 1st Asian American Commander of the International Space Station

December 10, 2004 Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

Leroy Chiao's official website http://leroychiao.com