H.R. 4742 (107th): Space Exploration Act of 2002

May 15, 2002 (107th Congress, 2001–2002)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Nicholas “Nick” Lampson
Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district
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May 15, 2002
12 pages
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H.R. 3057 (108th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 10, 2003


This bill was introduced on May 15, 2002, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 15, 2002
Referred to Committee May 15, 2002
Full Title

To restore a vision for the United States human space flight program by instituting a series of incremental goals that will facilitate the scientific exploration of the solar system and aid in the search for life elsewhere in the universe, and for other purposes.


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15 cosponsors (12D, 3R) (show)

House Science, Space, and Technology


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Space Exploration Act of 2002 - Requires the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to set forth as goals for the future activities of NASA's human space flight program, the development and flight demonstration, within 8, 10, 15, and 20 years, respectively, of a reusable space vehicle capable of carrying humans between:
(1) low Earth orbit and Earth-Sun and Earth-Moon libration points;
(2) low Earth orbit and an Earth-orbit crossing asteroid;
(3) lunar orbit and the surface of the moon, as well as deployment of a human-tended facility on the lunar surface; and
(4) low Earth orbit and Martian orbit and between Martian orbit and the surface of Mars, as well as deployment of a human-tended facility on the surface of a Martian moon.Requires the Administrator to establish:
(1) an Office of Exploration to be responsible for planning, budgeting, and managing activities undertaken by NASA to accomplish these goals;
(2) a process for conducting competitions for innovative, cost-effective mission concepts to accomplish the goals; and
(3) an independent panel to conduct a merit-based competitive review of the proposals submitted under each competition and to submit a rank-ordered evaluation of such proposals to the Administrator.Requires the Administrator to provide to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate for each competitively selected proposal its implementation plan and the results of an independent external review of the initial proposal and of each annually updated implementation plan.

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